Panicked? How To Lessen Your Swine Flu Epidemic Fears

Are you worried sick about the swine flu epidemic and how to protect yourself the spread of the virus?

But before I jump into the details, let me say this…your fears will decrease considerably if you learn the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic.  Let me explain exactly what I mean.

For starters, both epidemics and pandemics refer to the spread of infectious diseases among a population.

However the difference is in fact two-fold.  With a pandemic you can expect a higher number of people being affected than with an epidemic.

Also, a pandemic references that a much larger region is being affected.  At this point, and in the most extreme cases, the global population is touched by a pandemic.

On the other hand, an epidemic is defined by an illness or health-related issue that is showing up in more cases than would be normally expected.

As you can clearly see, these subtle differences about the two terms can be quite confusing.  But, just to recap, epidemics grow out of hand because of the nature of the disease.  Pandemics grow not only due to the nature of the disease, but also how widespread the geographical area it affects is.

By now you’re probably wondering how to avoid swine flu epidemic fears.  And, believe it or not, you can face the challenges that may come your way because of this flu outbreak if you know what to expect.

You can avoid the flu pandemic panic just by realizing that the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) does not mean the world is coming to an end.

Know that this is a part of nature’s cycle that happens nearly every forty years.  The last influenza pandemic happened back in 1968.

The next thing to do is to educate yourself by getting a swine flu update from trusted sources.  Go directly to the website of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization for the latest facts about swine flu.

You can also lessen your fears by following each swine flu precaution that listed at each of these sites. The list things such as keeping your mouth covered whenever you sneeze or cough in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

And although tough economic times force us to go to work when we are under the weather, if you are experience flu-like symptoms, for the safety of yourself and others, it’s best to stay at home.

Vitally important last and final point, don’t focus all of your attention on the swine flu epidemic.  Don’t believe every story you hear unless it comes directly from trusted individuals.  You’ll enjoy life more and worry less if you do these things, won’t you?