Don’t you love the picture? It is by Waldemar Anton Osmala Junior, a 28 year old living in Taguatinga, Brasília (Brazil) and his work can be found at Deviant Art. If you want to communicate through his email or AIM, they are available at the site on his profile. Besides the great H1N1 photo in this post, you will find “Little Wassabi” and “Stand Up Mike” on his site. I just love them! Waldemar also is a stand-up comic with a theater troupe called Cia 4 da Comédia (Company Comedy 4) which can be found at www.4dacomedia.com.br!
Back in April of 2009, the outbreaks in humans of what has been called “swine flu” began, but it is actually a new influenza virus, now called Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza virus. The news has kept it at the forefront of our awareness as we all prepare within our families, businesses and communities for a very challenging flu season this year.
The Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 flu is said to be rarely serious, and in most cases, the symptoms are very similar to those of seasonal flu. However, it is expected that a larger than normal number of individuals will contract either seasonal flu or the H1N1 flu virus this year. Since I am one of those people that REALLY get sick when I have the flu, this is rather a scary piece of information.
To decrease our chances of contracting this virus, we should remember to follow these tips:
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
- Always cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Sneeze into your the crook of your arm at the elbow.
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) because germs easily spread that way
- Use a household-type spray disinfectant to disinfect potentially contaminated surfaces
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get plenty of sleep each night
- Get an annual flu shot
- Avoid using other people’s telephones and cell phones
If you would like to learn more about H1N1, there are additional informational sources listed below:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/
- World Health Organization http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/
I’m sure every state also has a main site like this…
- Virginia Department of Health http://www.vdh.state.va.us/index.htm