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Hopefully there won’t have to be a response to the widely anticipated swine flu pandemic that has infected people across the globe. Most of the confirmed cases outside Mexico appear to be only mild forms and the patients are recovering well. There has unfortunately been one death in Texas among the 109 confirmed cases at April 30th 2009. The World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 5 on April 29, 2009. A Phase 5 alert is a “strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short”.
As usual, that stalwart of our safety and well-being, the American Red Cross has some valuable advice at this time. Washing hands and paying close attention to symptoms of illness are just some of the things the public can to do help reduce the risk from the swine flu (H1N1) outbreak, the American Red Cross said today. “This is a serious situation that has the potential to spread, and it is a good time for families, businesses and organizations to follow good public health practices and to review and update their preparedness plans,” said Scott Conner, Senior Vice President of Preparedness and Health & Safety Services at the American Red Cross. “Taking steps to prepare for potential emergencies in advance can go a long way in making families feel safer.”
The American Red Cross urges the public to remember these simple actions:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective when soap and water aren’t available.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Catch it! Bin it! Kill it!
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are feeling sick.
As ever, your help is needed by the ARC and vehicle donation is one way of making a difference. If you donate your car, money can go to supplying essential resources; a vehicle donation can raise a good lump of cash. You might need their help sooner than you think so consider an auto donation or some other vehicle donation to raise money as soon as you can.