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Swine flu: How to protect yourself and be safe

January 21, 2019 10:03 IST

The most common signs are fever, cough, sore throat, malaise and headache, vomiting and diarrhoea, says Dr S Chaddha.

How to protect yourself from swine flu

IMAGE: A face mask should be worn at all times to prevent the virus from spreading, says Dr SS Chaddha. Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/Instagram

After smog, many people in the Delhi/ NCR region are now reporting for another viral illness.

Last week BJP chief Amit Shah was hospitalised for seasonal influenza (H1N1) virus, commonly known as swine flu.

While he is back home and recovering now, there are several others who may not even realise that they are at risk of infection.

What is swine flu?

One of the most prevalent and contagious viruses, H1N1 has three categories -- A, B and C.

While A and B categories need home care, category C requires immediate hospitalisation and medical intervention as its symtpoms and outcomes are extremely severe and could even result in death. 

Dr D S Chaddha, director, internal medicine, Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital shares some simple tips to protect and prevent yourself from the H1N1 virus: 

Symptoms of swine flu (H1N1)

Who is at risk?

If you are pregnant or obese you are at higher risk of swine flu.

Check out if you fall in the high risk category.

High risk groups include:

If you test positive for the above mentioned symptoms, you may consult your doctor and also seek treatment from home.

Home care treatment for influenza A and B (H1N1)

swine flu

Dr D S Chaddha