I am finally at peace that I don't have the H1N1 virus. Yaaaaaay! The suspense was killing me so while I waited for the results, I came up with some pros and cons.
- I would have developed an immunity to it. When you get it, you don't really get it again!
- 7 days mc without needing to feel guilty about it.
- No work meetings with no need to apologize coz no one wants to meet you either! ;)
- Quality time with my pugs with no worries coz it doesn't affect them, only humans
- Being sick of course
- The H1N1 flu itself could affect your whole family (but mine are four legged so I was ok! :)
- Sadly, people may treat you like a disease even if you have recovered from it
Oh, you know what's interesting? The health authorities told me just TODAY that they will no longer be conducting swab tests unless a person is seriously affected or needs to be hospitalized. I heard it costs RM1 500 per swab test! Serious cash and Canada and other countries are also saying it is better to put that money into treatment rather than these tests.
I am sooo lucky coz this means I'm probably one of the last people in Malaysia to have gone through the swab test or I would've spent the week in my house never knowing if I had H1N1 or not.
However, I was given Tamiflu medication anyway which is super effective. Those affected by H1N1 can kill it off really quickly if they take Tamiflu. The worrying thing about the virus is that the UN and WHO have confirmed a growing number of people who already have it all over the world and the supply of Tamiflu is quite short so if you think you have it, don't worry about the flu so much as getting your hands on that treatment!
Since I've read so much about H1N1 these last few days, here's a few points I wanted to share to minimize the spread of this:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often, ESPECIALLY after you cough or sneeze. A hand sanitizer can also be used (I have one in my handbag)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as germs can spread easily that way
- If you have flu symptoms, seek medical advice
- If you think you have it, stay home for 7 days to keep others from getting infected
- Drink A LOT of water
- Take Vitamin C
Hope this helps and if any of you see me walking about in society, no need to wave from a distance ok? The only thing I've been told is contagious is my laugh ;) Failing of which, I could always infect you with a smile :)