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  • The H1N1 virus that caused that pandemic is now a regular human flu virus and continues to circulate seasonally worldwide.
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Caring for Someone Sick at Home

Tips for Caregivers

December 5, 2009, 6:00 AM ET

When caring for people who have the flu:

  • man holding boyAvoid being face to face with the sick person. If possible, it is best to spend the least amount of time in close contact with a sick person.
  • When holding sick children, place their chin on your shoulder so they will not cough in your face.
  • Wash your hands often and the right way. Sing the “Happy Birthday” song two times or count slowly to 20 as you wash.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Make sure to wash your hands after touching the sick person. Wash after handling their tissues or laundry.

 

 
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