Swine Flu also known as H1N1 has claimed more than 1000 lives.  Approximately 19,972 people have been affected by the disease. The Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis directed all hospitals in Maharashtra to provide free treatment to patients under its ‘Mission Mode’ to contain the epidemic. The major states which have been affected include Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Punjab. Also Read - Maharashtra: 35 Percent Schools Reopen After 8 Months, Only 5 Percent Students Attend

Now that the exams have begun for most prominent boards such as CBSE, ICSE , students are required to be cautious and are advised to take steps to ensure that they don’t fall prey to the H1N1 Swine Flu. Here are some precautions students can take:  Also Read - Puducherry Proposes 10% Quota For Government School Students in Medical Courses

  • It is important for the students to wash hands and wear masks while venturing in a public space. If a student has cough, fever, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue they must immediately go for the medical check up and get the test done for the detection of Swine flu.
  • Since Swine flu or H1N1 is a highly contagious respiratory disease the students are advised to stay away from patients infected by the disease. It is advised that the schools take the students for awareness programmes and also brief them about hygiene.
  • Parents/Teachers should advise their children/students to use disposable tissues instead of a handkerchief in case of cold and ensure that they dispose them properly. Students are required to ensure that their diet is nutritious and they have about  8-10 glasses of water daily.
  • In case a student gets infected by Swine flu it is advised not to panic but immediately visit a doctor for treatment of the disease.
  • It is advisable for students to carry hand sanitizers with them to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Lastly students giving exams should avoid eating outside food, aerated drinks and instead include more of fruits, vegetables and juices in their diet.

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