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How to Protect Yourself from the Outbreak of a Virus

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After the swine flu pandemic in 2009, many people have begun to take measures to prepare themselves and their families for potential future pandemics. Doing so, however, requires you to know some basic information about how to protect yourself from the outbreak of a virus, since pandemic viruses are usually extremely contagious, spread very quickly, and can cause many fatalities if authorities fail to develop a vaccine in time. While no amount of preparation can ensure you avoid contracting a nasty case of the flu, it can certainly help you avoid going to public places where you are more likely to get sick. Following are some guidelines that can help you safeguard yourself and your family from the outbreak of a virus:

Keep Yourself Sanitary to Protect Yourself from the Outbreak of a Virus

Keeping yourself clean and sanitary is one of the best—and easiest—ways to protect yourself from the outbreak of a virus. Washing your hands properly and regularly is an excellent way to do this, since it is the best way to kill germs and bacteria that get on your hands. When you wash your hands, you should make sure to lather them with antibacterial soap for at least 30 seconds and then rinse them thoroughly with warm or hot water. You should also keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer around for times when you are not near a sink to wash your hands, and it is extremely important to sanitize your hands any time you touch public items such as doorknobs or handles.

Stay away from Sick People to Safeguard Yourself from the Outbreak of a Virus

Another way you can safeguard yourself from the outbreak of a virus is to stay away from sick people as much as possible, since viruses usually spread from person to person through the exchange of bodily fluids and touching items sick people have touched. Some viruses are even airborne, so you can get sick simply by breathing the same air as a sick person even if he or she leaves the room minutes before you enter it. Therefore, you should make sure you have enough food, water, and medical supplies to last at least two weeks in case a pandemic occurs, since limiting your exposure to infected people is the best way to avoid becoming sick.

Protecting yourself from the outbreak of a virus is often as simple as keeping yourself clean and sanitary and staying away from sick people as much as possible. While you are likely to be exposed to some sick people no matter how much you try to isolate yourself, making sure to wash your hands and trying to stay healthy and well rested can go a long way toward strengthening your immune system so you are less likely to contract a virus.

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