With all of the fear mongering I thought it was fitting to report a Reuters publication:
The first comprehensive analysis of deaths from swine flu in England since the H1N1 virus was declared a pandemic in June shows there are 26 deaths in every 100,000 cases of swine flu — a death rate of 0.026 percent.
The study echoes U.S. research published on Monday which found the H1N1 pandemic had a death rate of 0.048 percent, or 1 death in 2,000 cases — only a little more serious than an average flu season.
These findings are often overlooked by the CDC and the media in general so take a deep breath and relax, you have less to fear, and decreasing the fear will probably improve your immune systems response. I would still encourage you to do the following easy steps to stay healthy.
- Drink lots of water
- Aerobic exercise (at least 20 minutes a day)
- Wash your hands
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough
- Eat well
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep
- Stay Positive – trust me it helps (one of the downsides of the ‘fear H1N1 pandemic’ approach)
- Get adjusted, get a massage, and get acupuncture
- Play – Balance keeps you healthy