the alarming reports on a h1n1 flu previously known as swine flu have broken fast this week to put a healthy sense of perspective on what measures you can take to protect yourself here are several good practices after all decreasing transmission is the best strategy for preventing the flu outbreak keep hands clean wash hands after contact with common surface and utensils remove jewelry before washing hands rinse hands under warm running water apply 3 to 5 milliliters of soap lather and rub hands together for at least 10 to 15 seconds scrub thumbs under nails between fingers and the back of fingers and hands rinse under running water dry thoroughly with single-use towel you can also use a hand sanitizer if hands are not visibly soiled apply 1.5 to 3 milliliters of hand sanitizer rub to cover all surfaces of hands as per washing continue rubbing until solution dries completely practice coughs or sneeze a ticket here's an example of what not to do always have a tissue or handkerchief handy cough or sneeze into a tissue and remember to wash your hands after throwing away the tissue if you have a cold the sniffles and need to be in crowded public areas wear a mask wash your hands before and after putting on or taking off a mask and if you are ill with flu-like symptoms stay home and minimize contact with friends and relatives seek medical attention if symptoms persist Rosina Joseph the star Malaysia

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