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Swine flu scare - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can I help you?
User :   i have relatives (1 adult and 2 boys age 5 and 7) visiting us from New Jersey next week; I am concerned about swine flu as we have a small baby (18 months old)
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   dont worry
Doctor :   all you need is to take precautions
Doctor :   i mean for them
Doctor :   The relatives and you all should consider precautions
Doctor :   for a week
Doctor :   wash hands thoroughly
Doctor :   and before every meal
Doctor :   Sneezing and cough
Doctor :   in the elbow folds
Doctor :   Watch the relatves for one week
Doctor :   if they have any symptoms for cold
Doctor :   and cough or fever
User :   sorry i shall be right back bear with me
Doctor :   please get them checkd
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   plz login again
User :   hello doctor sorry about that
User :   interruption
Doctor :   So did you follow ?
User :   i did not understadn the comment about elbow folds
Doctor :   sneeze or cough if any in the elbow fold
Doctor :   instead of in the hands
Doctor :   which normally people do
Doctor :   YOu should not panic since there are coming from US
Doctor :   It is not necessary that all the ppl in US are infected
Doctor :   Do you have any doubt?
Doctor :   any questions?
Doctor :   are you there
Doctor :   I have to close the window as you are not responding. Plese login for any medical queries. We are available 24/7.
Doctor :   Hello
User :   sorry again
User :   i know it is kinda silly to be concerned but still because of my daughter i am concerned
Doctor :   You do not have to be concerned about your daughter specifically if you follow the precautions told above
Doctor :   Shall I repeat the precautions once again
User :   that is good to hear doctor
User :   yes please
Doctor :   1) Wash the hands thoroughly throughout the day.
Doctor :   2) Wash the hands before every meal
Doctor :   3) Sneeze / Cough in a no man's area / elbow's fold
Doctor :   so that the particles are not falllen on others
Doctor :   4) Wash the clothes in warm water
Doctor :   5) See the doctor if you have fever, cold, cough and tiredness lasting more than 24 hours
User :   ok
Doctor :   Anything else you would like to know?
User :   how dangerous / severe is this flu ?
Doctor :   It is not dangerous for an individual, but it worrisome and concerned because of its potential to others and melts the man's working time
User :   i see
Doctor :   The person infects will have the lethargy and tired ness for 2 to 3 weeks post flu
User :   with so much media coverage it seems like a very dreadful disease
Doctor :   It has a potential of spreading to every human on the planet and if not treated early, it can reduce the immunity of person
Doctor :   and cause huge morbidity
User :   is it fatal especially for small children ?
Doctor :   especially in older and children
Doctor :   yes
User :   oh
User :   do you think it is a good idea to ask my relatives to stay somewhere else for a few days ?
Doctor :   Not really
Doctor :   If they already have symptoms then they can be stopped coming
Doctor :   If not, they can be allowed to stay with you
User :   they do not have any symptoms as of now; i hope they screen passengers at the embarking airport as well
Doctor :   yes
User :   i hope it all turns out ok
Doctor :   yes
User :   i was more worried about them getting infected inthe plane due to the closed space and all
Doctor :   Of course that is possible
Doctor :   The incubation is one week, if they are infected then they hve symptoms in one week
User :   ok
Doctor :   later you can ask them to come to your house
User :   ok doc
User :   i shall do as you suggest
Doctor :   Anything else that I can help you?
User :   they shall come directly come to stay with us
User :   if they develop any sumptoms we shall consult a doctor and ensure limited contact with them
Doctor :   Yes
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Doctor :   Thanks for consulting us.
User :   thank you doc
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   bye
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