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  • Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • Test results may mark spread of swine flu to New York

    Filed Under: Health Insurance

In the spring of 2009, a new variety of swine flu was detected in Mexico, where it seemed to be causing an unusually large number of deaths. Fear spread with the virus across continents and oceans.Swine Flu or H1N1 is a new reality that’s keeping everyone awake.  But as the number of cases rose, estimates of its lethality dropped sharply. When a second wave of the virus returned to North America in the fall, a vaccine had been prepared, although it was initially in short supply. Tackling this new health hazard is definitely an item on the priority list. A growing chorus of elected officials began questioning why the city hasn’t closed more schools.

Some changes are happening for sure.

  1. Posted signboards encouraging regular hand-washing
  2. Encouraging usage of a hand sanitizer and disinfectant hand wipes
  3. Repeated reminders of cough and sneeze etiquettes
  4. Sending same-state students back home for a week or more, if tested positive
  5. Quarantines on international and out-of-state students, if tested positive
  6. And then some more…

Trying to answer a question on many minds about “Should I be worried?“ isn’t that easy.

You might, of course, decide to be a little more prepared, and enroll in a good health insurance scheme now, for those just-in-case scenarios.

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