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Bird Flu Protection
Bird flu protection could be as simple as
bowing instead of shaking hands.
Japan never suffered an
outbreak of SARS despite being surrounded by countries where
The most likely reason is that
viruses like SARS and the bird flu are most commonly passed
through hand to hand contact and in Japan it's more common to
bow than shake hands.
Hand hygiene is also promoted
heavily in kindergarten and schools across Japan.
combination of excellent hygiene and a lack of formal hand to
hand contact could be huge factors in Japan's avoiding the SARS
outbreak and may hold one key secret to slowing a bird flu
What most people don't realize is that over 90%
of respiratory viruses like the bird flu, the common cold and
influenza get into your body through contact between your
fingernails and the mucous membranes of your eyes and nose.
They literally hitchhike into your body and you're giving them
an easy ride.
If the bird flu mutates into a human to
human virus and becomes a pandemic health authorities predict it
will kill somewhere between 200,000 and 150 million people.
The bird flu is particularly dangerous because it can readily
kill the young and healthy – reminiscent of the Spanish flu
pandemic of 1918 whose main victims were aged 20 to 40.
We're unprepared for a bird flu pandemic.
protection through vaccination is impractical.
can't begin to produce a vaccine until the virus mutates and
then it's difficult to produce enough bird flu vaccine to
provide bird flu protection to large population.
still a “bird flu shot” may not even be effective bird flu
protection against a rapidly mutating avian influenza virus.
Looking for a pharmaceutical first line of bird flu protection
may be worthwhile but Cavanagh says early efforts so far seem
The new breed of anti-viral drugs can help
fight viruses like the bird flu.
The US government is
stockpiling tamiflu as basic bird flu protection against bird
flu in the United States yet the bird flu virus is showing a
high level of resistance to tamiflu in China.
another anti-viral drug seems to be more effective against the
bird flu but again we have to wait till the bird flu virus
mutates to see if any drug can provide effective bird flu
That leaves us with the most sensible, simple
bird flu protection which is simply washing your hands.
If you can stop avian influenza from entering your body through
contact between your fingernails and your eyes or nose your
chances of contracting the bird flu virus will drop
And if everyone practiced excellent hand
washing perhaps this could be as effective a response against a
world wide bird flu pandemic as it was for Japan against SARS.
But hand washing as bird flu protection is not quite as simple
as it might appear.
You need to use the right soap to
wash your hands and anti-bacterial soap is NOT recommended.
Other hygiene techniques like nasal irrigation might also
improve a natural bird flu protection strategy...
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