One of the primary benefits of a mask is that it reminds you not to touch your mouth, nose, and eyes. Any mask will do *that*, and is better than none. Remember to only remove the mask w/gloved or cleaned hands and clean hands after touching it. One can spend a weekend wearing throw-away masks around the house to build the habit of not touching mouth/nose/eyes; practice removing mask w/o contaminating underlying skin.
I bought a colloidal silver travel kit w/nose rinse, throat spray, and drops for the stomach. If I become desperate, I will pour the nose rinse (the one that's just colloidal water) into a spray bottle and try to inhale it into my lungs, along w/using the nose spray. If already coughing, what's a little more fluids? That is my plan D. I am too lazy to make a colloidal silver generator, but w/pure silver & distilled water plus minor electronics supplies, one can generate colloidal silver for emergencies.
My dog requires steroids for an inflammatory condition. If hospitalization is unavailable and desperation requires it, my family may take prednisone to try to tamp down immune response to a flu (odd choice, but it is possibly an immune over-response causing the deaths - although another theory holds that the virus replicates asymptomatically until it reaches a lethal quantity, and then attacks). I am also looking into red rice yeast as an OTC statin that can reduce inflammation and possibly reduce the immune response creating cytochine storm. Not w/o its dangers and I hope to never need home remedies.
Fer, you said you don't know why the flu was milder in No. America - we were not in flu season. It's likely that winter weather - temp. changes, dry indoor air, etc. - makes bodies more susceptible. Our winter solstic, the lowest point in natural Vitamin d production, is 12/21. Yours is June 21. There is evidence that flu peaks around the solstice.
Google why flu peaks in winter for interesting reading. An animal study found that low humidity raised the risk of flu transmission, too. A humidifier might be a reasonable precaution if anyone in your home/office is contagious.
November 4, 2009 7:53 PM
Thanks for bringing Swine flu up again, though careful of some of those self treatments you have in mind. I'd check with a doctor, which most likely will give you Tamiflu if you have flu symphtoms .
People, please check the older Swine Flu posts. As always, its better to learn from the mistakes others make. ( in htis case, your's truly :-) )
Just be well informed, avoid concentrations of people, keep hands sanitized (as in using lots of alcohol gel) Dont be shy about using the respirator if you can't avoid masses of people where swine flu is spreading. No person with guts cares about what others think about the way he looks anyway, so make it a personal challenge if nothing else. Sill, read the older posts regarding the care required when using respirators (it gets hard to breathe after a while!)
Extra care when traveling on public transportation like subways or buses. You touch dirty surfaces and bring that along with you, so keep that hand sanitizer handy.
One thing I did and still do even now is to just use one hand to touch the dirty public transportation surfaces. I use the other one to open that sanitizer and touch other personal items ( if I have to answer my cell phone, for example)
Its just another thing to keep in mind and help avoid catching diseases as much as possible.