Setting The Record Straight on H1N1


The website New Scientist is setting the record straight:

• MYTH 1: The symptoms are like regular flu. You’ve got it if you’ve got a fever.

Fact: Testing for fever may not be a reliable way of diagnosing swine flu. Up to half the people who get swine flu never develop a fever, and some suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms as well as more standard flu symptoms.

• MYTH 2: This is just mild flu. The death rates are even lower than for normal flu.

Fact: Swine flu is killing young people rather than the very elderly, and although winter is just starting, more young people have already died of flu than normally die over the entire winter.

• MYTH 3: You’re safe as long as you’re healthy. Only sick, weak people get really ill.

Fact: Deep lung infection can be a killer. Most of the children who have died of swine flu were perfectly healthy beforehand, and many of the adult victims also had no underlying conditions.

• MYTH 4: I’ll be OK if I just eat organic food, take vitamins, wear a mask, wash my hands a lot and drink plenty of fluids.

Fact: Even the N95 mask won’t save you. Getting vaccinated is by far the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from swine flu.

• MYTH 5: It’s OK now because we have a vaccine.

Fact: Vaccines will save lives, but only if they get through in time. Even in rich countries, it will be months before everyone who wants the vaccine can get it. Poor countries will get little if any vaccine. Read more

• MYTH 6: The vaccine isn’t safe. Why take the risk to prevent mild flu?

Fact: Vaccines protect but links to other conditions have heightened concerns. During past pandemics, a third or more of the entire population has got flu, and the risks of flu killing you or causing nasty problems such as Guillain-Barré syndrome are far greater than those of the vaccines.

• MYTH 7: This virus won’t get deadlier — that isn’t in a germ’s interests.

Fact: Will it mutate? Flu viruses do sometimes get nastier. No one can be sure how 2009 flu will evolve, but it’s certainly not going away.

• MYTH 8: Once this pandemic is over we’ll be safe for another few decades.

Fact: The 1957 flu pandemic wasn’t the first nor last. Another animal flu virus could jump to humans tomorrow and start another pandemic.



Winter’s just around the corner. While closed windows and doors are a no-brainer when it comes to keeping in the heat, they can also trap unpleasant household smells. So, here’s a quick lesson in odor removal (MSN):

• Let’s start with a little instant dry cleaning for old clothes: Put a small amount of vodka in a spray bottle and lightly mist the garment. The alcohol kills bacteria without leaving a scent. Costumers use this trick to get the smell of mothballs, sweat, and mildew out of the vintage clothing in their wardrobes.

• Whenever you eat an orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit, run the peels through the garbage disposal. You’ll take care of sink stink without the risk harmful fumes.

• Odor buster #3: Vanilla extract. If you wipe your freezer with a cloth dampened with vanilla, you’ll get rid of all the smells that linger on ice. To disinfect the freezer, use a solution of white vinegar and water. It gets the icebox clean without leaving a “chemical” smell.

• To deodorize food storage containers, soak plastic ones in warm water and baking soda. For glass jars and dishes, use a mixture of one teaspoon powdered mustard to one quart of warm water.

• You can get rid of the musty odor in your basement by using an onion. Just slice it in half, put it on a plate and leave it overnight. The next morning there might be a slight onion smell, but that soon goes away – and takes the musty basement smell with it.

Halloween Saftey Tips

KKBN and The American Red Cross wants you to have the best Halloween ever!   So here’s a short video of safety tips every parent should watch!  Happy Halloween!