The Symptoms

The symptoms of H1N1 flu in people appear to be similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal flu and include fever or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting. New Yorkers experiencing severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek healthcare and treatment. Otherwise, the New York City Department of Health recommends at-home care.

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  • Stay home or at your place of residence if you are sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Staying away from others while sick can prevent others from getting sick too. Ask a roommate or friend to check up on you and to bring you food and supplies if needed.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

H1N1 flu cannot be transmitted from eating pork or pork products.

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