First, I admit I do not read the newspaper or listen to the news...unless I am at work and of course, everyone else has the news on as it is today.  Swine Flu is swamping the headlines.  I believe the media is hyping it up.  BUT with that said, let me remind you of a few things:

WASH YOUR  HANDS! WASH YOUR HANDS! WASH YOUR HANDS!  Have everyone around you wash your hands.  Make sure the new mantra at work is "wash your hands" before you sit at your desk. Wash your hands when you get home, before you hug/kiss your children and/or significant others.  Have them do the same.  Soap and water...15-20 seconds. Be careful of what you touch...doorknobs, etc. can help transfer the virus to you.  Don't be around coughing/sneezing people.

If you get sick, stay the frick home!!  Don't infect anyone else. And please don't call 911 if you have "flu-like" symptoms, because it won't get you Tamiflu any quicker. Only the sickest folks will be tested and only those folks will receive it.  

Please know that the ERs will be packed.  You will be there hours and hours and hours with hundreds of other sick people.  Stay out of the hospital!!    Also, those who respond to your 911 calls are primarily there for LIFE OR DEATH emergencies.  Having flu like symptoms is not LIFE OR DEATH.  Treat it accordingly.  BUT on the other hand, if you have a pre-existing condition that puts you at a greater risk, do what you need to do.  We will still transport you...but do not be offended if medics come to the doors masked, and if they throw a mask or non-rebreather mask on you as well.

Get enough sleep.  Reduce alcohol.  Eat nutriously.  Give your immune system the best boost you can.  Take your vitamins. Drink lots of water. Open windows and doors and air out the house when possible.  Get some sunshine.  Exercise, etc.

JUST IN CASE, stock up on a few things (stolen  from [livejournal.com profile] turnberryknkn ): 

the list is here... )
 

Dispatch heard today:

Dispatch: "18-14 respond to 123 Main St. for a 32 year old male with flu like symptoms".

18-14: "Great."
First, I admit I do not read the newspaper or listen to the news...unless I am at work and of course, everyone else has the news on as it is today.  Swine Flu is swamping the headlines.  I believe the media is hyping it up.  BUT with that said, let me remind you of a few things:

WASH YOUR  HANDS! WASH YOUR HANDS! WASH YOUR HANDS!  Have everyone around you wash your hands.  Make sure the new mantra at work is "wash your hands" before you sit at your desk. Wash your hands when you get home, before you hug/kiss your children and/or significant others.  Have them do the same.  Soap and water...15-20 seconds. Be careful of what you touch...doorknobs, etc. can help transfer the virus to you.  Don't be around coughing/sneezing people.

If you get sick, stay the frick home!!  Don't infect anyone else. And please don't call 911 if you have "flu-like" symptoms, because it won't get you Tamiflu any quicker. Only the sickest folks will be tested and only those folks will receive it.  

Please know that the ERs will be packed.  You will be there hours and hours and hours with hundreds of other sick people.  Stay out of the hospital!!    Also, those who respond to your 911 calls are primarily there for LIFE OR DEATH emergencies.  Having flu like symptoms is not LIFE OR DEATH.  Treat it accordingly.  BUT on the other hand, if you have a pre-existing condition that puts you at a greater risk, do what you need to do.  We will still transport you...but do not be offended if medics come to the doors masked, and if they throw a mask or non-rebreather mask on you as well.

Get enough sleep.  Reduce alcohol.  Eat nutriously.  Give your immune system the best boost you can.  Take your vitamins. Drink lots of water. Open windows and doors and air out the house when possible.  Get some sunshine.  Exercise, etc.

JUST IN CASE, stock up on a few things (stolen  from [livejournal.com profile] turnberryknkn ): 

the list is here... )
 

Dispatch heard today:

Dispatch: "18-14 respond to 123 Main St. for a 32 year old male with flu like symptoms".

18-14: "Great."

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