Group Campus Placements and Swine Flu (H1N1)

The talks about A (H1N1) flu or H1N1 Pandemic (commonly, Swine flu) have been going on for quite some time now and many of us are aware of what to do and what not to. Nevertheless, we think that this article may be necessary as there are many students out there who are yet to know how to tackle this when it comes to group campus placement drives. It assumes increased importance as WHO warns that "the age groups affected by the pandemic are generally younger. This is true for those most frequently infected, and especially so for those experiencing severe or fatal illness."

So we have briefed about the DOs and DON'Ts to keep A (H1N1) flu at bay, with regard to group campus placements. We also cover the common symptoms of swine flu in this article. Please feel free to download the pdf file below and share it with all your friends in college and elsewhere - together we can keep Swine Flu at bay!


Things to know
WHO has declared A (H1N1) flu as a pandemic (phase 5-6)
Spreads from human to human via droplets that are expelled when sneezing, coughing or speaking
3534 Total affected cases in India (as on 28th Aug 09)
Masks may not be necessary for all
Symptoms of Swine Flu
The below symptoms may indicate swine flu. Some of them are very similar to the seasonal flu and you may not be able to differentiate them without medical help.

Fever - usually high, unlike seasonal flu, may not be present always

Runny nose or stuffy nose
Cough and sore throat
Body aches and Headache
Extreme fatigue or tiredness
Vomiting and diarrhea.

The below symptoms would indicate that immediate medical attention would be required

Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish or gray skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Severe or persistent vomiting
Not waking up or not interacting
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

DOs and DON'Ts
As young college goers, you need to take care of what to do and what not to. This assumes increased importance as WHO confirms that young population is especially susceptible to the flu. We have included some important points that you need to remember while you are at the group placement drives where a large crowd of students are usually present.
Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food
Wash you hands with soap and water after out door activities

If you have symptoms
Stay away from college and please do not attend placement drives where large crowds are usually present 
Stay at home to prevent the spread
Take rest and get good sleep 
Inform your friends and family and limit contact with others
When around others, use a mask correctly to prevent spread of droplets 
Cover your mouth and nose while coughing
Dispose off the tissues you use safely
Avoid crowded places where ever possible. Say you can opt to stay in an isolated tree shade or corner while you are at a placement drive, do not go too far though.
Avoid biting the tip of your pen or pencil while your are at the placements drive
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Avoid using a mask if you are not affected, incorrect usage of mask can spread the flu.
Avoid taking any self medication
You need not wear a mask if you are not infected. In fact incorrectly using a mask can increase the chance of getting infected. Nevertheless, you may use one if you are taking care of some body already affected and dispose it off immediately after use. 
Where to get treatment
You can find details about government authorized hospitals through out India for the treatment of H1N1 Pandemic in the attached pdf file.
Please make a note of the hospital nearest to your place of stay.

Please feel free to download the pdf file and share it with all your friends in college and elsewhere - together we can keep Swine Flu at bay! Group Campus Placements and Swine Flu (H1N1)

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