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Swine Flu outbreak requires diligence

< the weekend, several cases of the Swine Flu emerged in Mexico. Since that time, over a hundred have died in that country, while in the U.S. more and more cases are being reported. In Minnesota this past week, the first confirmed case of the Flu was reported, and more are expected.

Despite the rapid nature of this outbreak, authorities have stressed that there is no need for panic. Authorities in America have stressed that they are confident that the outbreak can be contained.

On Tuesday, Dean of Students Hudlin Wagner sent out an all-campus e-mail detailing the rising concern of the outbreak and what can be done. In U.S. cases, the Swinen Flu has not appeared much worse than the typical season flu, and as such, simple measures can, and should, be taken to protect one’s health.

The close-contact nature of college campuses make places like Carleton easy targets for diseases or viruses to spread from person to person. And, while it is likely that many parents of Carleton students have communicated with their son or daughter similar advice, The Carletonian will now go over simple health advice that one can use to try and stay healthy:

“Most healthy people recover from the flu without complications. If you get the flu:
Stay home from work or school.
Get lots of rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco.
There are over-the-counter (OTC) medications to relieve the symptoms of the flu.
Remember that serious illness from the flu is more likely in certain groups of people including people 65 and older, pregnant women, people with certain chronic medical conditions and young children.
Consult your doctor early on for the best treatment, but also be aware of emergency warning signs
that require urgent medical attention.
Emergency Warning Signs:
Seek emergency medical care if you or someone you know is having any of following warning signs discussed below.

*Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

*Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

*Sudden dizziness


*Severe or persistent vomiting

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy:

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.

* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

-The editorial represents the views of The Carletonian Editor

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