By: Dr. Neha Tank Modha M.D.Ph.D. (Ayu)& Joban Modha M.D.(Ph.D.)

The swine flu in humans is most contagious during the first five days of the illness although some people, most commonly children, can remain contagious for up to ten days. Diagnosis can be made by sending a specimen, collected during the first five days for analysis.[11]

Effective Herbal Tea for Swine Flu

as soon as you feel discomfort with symptoms like sneezing, coughing and any other respiratory symptoms, start to have herbal tea, which is very common practice in India. The recipe of such herbal tea knows almost every mother or grandmother knows in India! well, if you don’t know: let me explain:
Boil approximately 200ml of potable water, till it remains half and mix the following herbs in it.

Juice of 10 to 15 fresh leaves of Tulasi,(Basil),
5 ml of fresh ginger root juice,
half spoon powder of cloves,
half spoon powder of cinnamon bark,
half spoon powder of peppermint leaves,
half spoon powder of cardamom,
half spoon of turmeric powder,
half spoon of rock salt
mix all these properly, add one spoon of honey when the tea is luke warm and have it twice or thrice a day.

These all-around wonder spices are said to help detoxify the liver, fight allergies, stimulate digestion, and boost immunity. All these drugs have anti viral, cleansing and antioxidant properties. It helps the free flow of oxygen to the brain, helps enhance digestion and circulation and stimulates the appetite. They are excellent for balancing Vaata and Kapha, which are the prominent Dosha in Swine influenza or any other respiratory track infections.

Recommendations to prevent spread of Swine Flu -

Use standard infection control against influenza. This includes frequent washing of hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, especially after being out in public.[12]
Chance of transmission is also reduced by disinfecting household surfaces, which can be done effectively with a diluted chlorine bleach solution.[13]
Experts agree that hand-washing can help prevent viral infections, including ordinary influenza and the swine flu virus.
Influenza can spread in coughs or sneezes, but an increasing body of evidence shows small droplets containing the virus can linger on tabletops, telephones and other surfaces and be transferred via the fingers to the mouth, nose or eyes.

Alcohol-based gel or foam hand sanitizers work well to destroy viruses and bacteria.
The Puja being done in Hindus has the similar disinfecting properties. Studies have shown that lighning the lamp of cow’s Ghee has anti viral property. The Dhupana being done with the help of natural sticks (Agarbattis) and Guggulu has very effective disinfectant properties.

Anyone with flu-like symptoms such as a sudden fever, cough or muscle aches should stay away from work or public transportation and should contact a doctor for advice.
Social distancing is another tactic. It means staying away from other people who might be infected and can include avoiding large gatherings, spreading out a little at work, or perhaps staying home and lying low if an infection is spreading in a community.

Public health and other responsible authorities have action plans which may request or require social distancing actions depending on the severity of the outbreak.

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