Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS, DRM, DNB, having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hindu Hospital, Bombay Hospital, Saifee Hospital and presently is heading the Nuclear Medicine Department in Malad (W). The following information expressed by Goyal seems to make a lot of sense. It may be important to have a read.

“The only portals of entry for the particular type of flu are by the nostrils, mouth and throat. In the global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with the H1N1 in spite of all precautions. The problem seems to be one of proliferation.

While you are still healthy and not showing signs of symptoms there are some simple measures in the prevention of proliferation.”

1. Frequent hand washing.

2. Hands off the face approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of the face (unless you are eating or bathing. 

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water or Listerine. H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. Don’t underestimate this simple yet powerful and inexpensive tool of prevention. 

4. Clean your nostrils at least once a day with warm salt water. 5. Boost your immune system with vitamin C rich foods. 

6. Last, but not least, drink as much of warm liquids as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. It can wash off proliferation viruses from the throat and into the stomach, where they cannot survive.

This seems to be some very common sense methods to try and avoid the virus. I don’t know about you, but I intend to give it a try. Perhaps it will work. Wouldn’t it be great to have a simple method of taking care of the problem? Maybe this is the big bad wolf of controlling that miserable Swine flu.