6 Myths About Swine Flu You Need to Know
When you think of myths you probably think of something like Sasquatch or some other random creature that has never really been found. Most of the people who report actual “sightings” of such creatures are quite… interesting individuals. For the most part, I’m sure that alcohol or some other substance was involved. There are many myths about swine flu that have recently spread faster than the virus itself. Some of these myths though, unlike Sasquatch, can result in serious consequences.
6 myths about swine flu busted
1. Only People with Weak Immune Systems Die from Swine Flu –
2. If You Get Swine Flu, You’ll ALWAYS Get a Fever –
While Swine flu symptoms and regular seasonal flu symptoms are common, fever is one of them, you do not ALWAYS get a fever. In fact, only about half of the people with Swine Flu experience a fever.
3. Swine Flu Is Just a Mild Form of The Flu, It Doesn’t Even Kill as Many People as Seasonal Flu –
The death toll isn’t as large as seasonal flu, but the Swine flu is fatal. The main problem with this myth is that seasonal flu is more likely to cause death in the elderly, whereas Swine Flu targets the young, who should have a stronger immune system.
4. I Can Avoid Swine Flu by Taking Vitamins, Wearing A Mask, Washing My Hands, & Drinking a Lot of Fluids –
This may HELP avoid the swine flu, but it isn’t necessarily an effective and best way to prevent Swine Flu. Getting vaccinated is the most effective way of defending against the Swine Flu. However, don’t just stop doing things like washing your hands regularly as this cut down on the transmission of Swine Flu.
5. I Don’t Have to Worry About Swine Flu Now That There’s a Vaccine-
Yes, getting vaccinated is the most effective way to prevent Swine Flu, however, it does not GUARANTEE that you will not get Swine Flu. Take precautionary measures to avoid transmission.
6. If Swine Flu Hasn’t Become Deadlier by Now, It Never Will –
In recent years, this swine flu misconception has become very popular. Nobody knows what the virus will do. It could stay in its present form forever, but it could just as easily change into a deadlier virus. The only thing we can do is try to limit the transmission of Swine Flu and be prepared if it does change. You shouldn’t just expect the best-case scenario. It’s better to be ready for the worst outcome and have nothing change than expect the best and have the virus transform into something like the Spanish Influenza that killed million.