As many of you have learned from news reports, a few probable cases of “Swine” Influenza A (H1N1) have now been reported in our state, including in King County. So far, it appears as if people who become ill with this strain of influenza are recovering. At 8 Limbs, we are continuing to conduct classes and workshops, and ask everyone attending our studios to please take the proper precautions to keep everyone healthy.
Prevention practices are emphasized daily through hand washing with soap and warm water, using hand sanitizer before and after classes, and respiratory etiquette (coughing into sleeve, elbow; coughing, sneezing, or expectorating into paper tissues and immediately discarding them). Influenza A (H1N1) in people is characterized by fever, sore throat, cough, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. The illness may last up to seven days, but people are considered to be contagious as long as symptoms persist. If you have mild flu-like symptoms, monitor your condition and telephone your health care provider to consult if necessary. A diagnosis is confirmed by your health care provider by a positive nasal swab culture.
To prevent illness:
• Practice healthful habits such as eating nutritious food, getting plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of fluids, being physically active, and reducing stress.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
• Sneeze or cough into a tissue, elbow or sleeve – not your hand! Throw the tissue in the trash after use. • Refrain from spitting on the ground.
• Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing, contact with other people, or with door handles, keyboards, telephones, and shared writing implements. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
A always, we encourage you to STAY HOME if you begin to experience any flu-like symptoms (cough, sore throat, and fever) and contact your health care provider if you experience a persistent high fever (greater than 101 degrees F) chest pain, difficulty breathing, dehydration, or other worrisome symptoms.
Thank you for reading!

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