Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | September 4, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders offers simply tips to avoid H1N1 virus and seasonal flu virus.

The H1N1 virus is transmitted in ways similar to other influenza viruses. Seasonal human influenza viruses are thought to spread from person to person primarily through large-particle respiratory droplet transmission (e.g., when an infected person coughs or sneezes near a susceptible person).

Transmission via large-particle droplets requires close contact between source and recipient persons because droplets do not remain suspended in the air and generally travel only a short distance (< 6 feet). Contact with contaminated surfaces is another possible source of transmission and transmission via droplet nuclei (also called “airborne” transmission).  

Thus, regularly wash your hands with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper arm, not your hand. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Viruses spread this way.


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