Hospital physicians recommending everyday precautions to avoid spread of disease
June 15, 2009 - Harris, N.Y. - Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Sullivan County's premier provider of health care services, is working in cooperation with state and local health officials to quickly identify and respond to any new cases of swine flu. There have been four confirmed cases reported in Sullivan County and many more throughout the state, prompting Governor David Paterson to activate the state's health emergency preparedness plan, putting all hospitals on heightened alert since late April.
The amount of confirmed cases in the state has also led to a more stringent testing policy from the New York State Department of Health. They recently announced that it will only test for cases of swine flu once a certain criteria of symptoms have been met.
"Swine flu is an influenza virus that is different from seasonal flu, but can also be transmitted among humans," said Rolland "Boomer" Bojo, RN, Clinical Director of Professional Nursing Services and Emergency Manager at CRMC. "Swine flu has symptoms similar to those of regular flu. Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms should contact their regular physician or health care provider. There are antiviral drugs available to combat the virus."
The flu may spread from person-to-person when someone who has the flu sneezes, coughs or even talks. The flu virus is put into the air and may be inhaled by anyone in close proximity. Occasionally, a person may become infected by touching something with the virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
CRMC recommends these everyday precautions to stay healthy:
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
Avoid people who are ill and stay home if you are experiencing symptoms.
Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue in a trash bin.
Keep your hands away from your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Clean shared space more often such as phone receivers, keyboards, steering wheels and office equipment.
Avoid sharing personal objects such as toothbrushes and utensils.