Is the bird flu going to be the death of us?

All this discussion about bird flu has really thrown us all into a panic these days but is it something that we really need to be so worried about? Well, this actually depends upon to whom you inquire of. Some experts may predict that this new outbreak of bird flu is going to wipe out one third of the worlds population while another stands by and simply mock at such a forecast. Getting down to the bottom of the bird flu is a difficult task and, either way, in the end there is not much you can do about it.

Thus far, the bird flu has not extended to all countries, and the vast majority among those who has been influenced actually took care of the birds or was exposed to contaminated spaces. Therefore, if this is anything to go by, you are safe from the bird flu unless you have chickens. As of yet there has been no news of any bird flu victims catching the flu from other people, only from the birds themselves. I do not know about you but this certainly puts my mind at somewhat ease.

There is more than one strain of bird flu, however and they all act a slight different manner and like any other virus, are subject to constant mutations. The current strain of bird flu may not be transferred from human to human yet, but in time it may learn to spread itself in this manner. Even if you have no contact with any birds, you need to be cautious and take some precautions as these viruses are smart and they learn quickly.

To avoid of being infected by the bird flu, you will need to start by being even more hygienic than you already are. Wash your hands more frequently and unless it is necessary to do so, do not touch people. For instance when you are out and you meet someone do not necessarily shake their hand and if you have to then wash your hands immediately. Your health is even more important than always being overly courteous and well mannered.

I hope that you will be able to lower your chances of getting affected by the bird flu, as there are also vaccines that are being developed as you read. A lot of publicity has been given to these vaccines lately and all we can do is only hope that they are as effective as they are said to be in containing and eradicating the bird flu.


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