The symptoms observed in patients suffering from swine flu are more or less similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza.
These are fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some patients also have reported runny nose, sore throat, severe body pain, abdominal pain with or without nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
The higher risk group of catching influenza are older people of 65 years of age and above, young children under five years of age, people with chronic health problems such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and pregnant women. However, the past epidemics and pandemics of flu have shown that during pandemics most people who succumb are healthy young adults.
Transmission of swine Flu
The spread of swine flu is mainly in three ways:
Ø by direct transmission (when an infected person sneezes mucus directly into the eyes, nose or mouth of another person);
Ø the airborne route (when someone inhales the aerosols produced by an infected person coughing, sneezing or spitting) and
Ø through hand-to-eye, hand-to-nose, or hand-to-mouth transmission, either from contaminated surfaces or from direct personal contact such as a hand-shake.
The typical incubation period for influenza is 1-4 days (average: 2 days). Adults can be infectious from 1 day before onset of symptoms to 5-7 days after illness onset.
Swine flu does not spread by eating pork.
Precaution to reduce transmission of swine flu infection:
Ø Advice the patients to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after its use.
Ø Wash the hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezeing. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Ø Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Ø Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Ø Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
Ø Infected people may stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them
Above all. Don’t get stressed by the fear of getting the swine flu. Stress can undermine your immune system. The flu doesn’t kill everyone and in most cases may prove benign. Mild exercise, meditation or yoga and healthy nutritious diet can help keep your immune system in good condition and able to ward of any infections. Not every ‘infection’ becomes a full blown ‘disease’. Most infections are taken care of by the body. So instead of panicking about the flu, stay calm and focus on becoming a healthy ‘you’
Homeopathy was very successful in dealing with the 1918-19 flue pandemic. Here is a quote from the famous historian Julian Winston:
Perhaps the most recent use of homeopathy in a major epidemic was during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. The Journal of the American Institute for Homeopathy, May, 1921, had a long article about the use of homeopathy in the flu epidemic. Dr. T A McCann, from Dayton, Ohio, reported that 24,000 cases of flu treated allopathically had a mortality rate of 28.2% while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of 1.05%. This last figure was supported by Dean W.A. Pearson of Philadelphia (Hahnemann College) who collected 26,795 cases of flu treated with homeopathy with the above result.The most common remedy used was Gelsemium, with occasional cases needing Bryonia and Eupatorium reported. Dr. Herbert A. Roberts from Derby, CT, said that 30 physicians in Connecticut responded to his request for data. They reported 6,602 cases with 55 deaths, which is less than 1%. Dr. Roberts was working as a physician on a troop ship during WWI. He had 81 cases of flu on the way over to Europe. He reported, “All recovered and were landed. Every man received homeopathic treatment. One ship lost 31 on the way.”
Considering that Swine flu virus produces symptoms similar to the human Influenza virus, the following Homeopathic remedies may prove useful in controlling the symptoms:
Gelsemium, Eupatorium perfloliatum, Influenzinum, Arsenic album, and Sabadilla.
Homoeopathic experts have recommended to take one dose of Arsenic Alb 30, daily in empty stomach for three days, against flu-like illness.