Friday, May 1, 2009

The Facts on Swine Flu & Travel - Updates

What was our Veep, Joe Biden, thinking with his latest comment about the swine flu, that he obviously didn't think through fully before he opened mouth and inserted foot? Was he trying to scare the entire population into never again taking any kind of transportation where you're "confined" with more than one person, not to mention making my job that much harder? The common sense thing to do regarding this swine flu pandemic is to remain calm and use common sense measures. See below.

This is not to scare you, but to make sure you have all the facts. It is important that we all remain calm and rational, while taking precautions as we would with other more common strains of influenza.

Updates on Swine Flu News

Swine Flu Questions Answered

As of April 30, 2009 at 4:34 p.m., the Mexican government has officially reported only 18 laboratory confirmed human cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 infection, according to the CDC website (, though I realize the press has reported more than 150 deaths.

Mexico starts a five-day shutdown due to swine flu

Travelers should check the fine print on travel insurance policy, and ask important questions as it relates to swine flu and protecting their travel investment. Travel insurance is so important to have. Most people think that it is not a necessity, but there are a number of reasons to purchase travel protection insurance, including becoming ill while on vacation, and having to pay again to be flown back home. However, that's a topic we will discuss later.

Common Sense Measures

  • If you are sick with a cold or flu-like symptoms, stay home from work. If your child is sick with a cold or flu-like symptoms, keep your child home from school.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth because germs can spread that way.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap or water.
  • Do not cough into your hand! Cough into the crook of your arms instead. Every time you cough into your hand and touch something or someone else, you have the potential to spread germs to whatever or whomever your hands touch.

As I receive more updates, I'll post them here.