Flu virus has been spreading from person-to-person and has dispersed widely. Like many other diseases it is so much better to prevent from the H1N1 than to treat it. Below are some steps to prevent spreading the virus or contracting it.


Cover your mouth: Always cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. If possible use a tissue. Tissues can help trap germs so they don't spread. Make sure you throw the tissue in the trash when you are finished. Swine flu appears to be transmitted in the same fashion as the common cold so it is important to avoid touching your face, nose or mouth too frequently with your hands.


Wash your hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Swine flu can be contracted by touching objects that are contaminated by the virus so make sure that your hands are clean as often as possible.


Use hand sanitizers: Alcohol based hand sanitizers offer some limited protection in preventing swine flu infections. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer to use in times where you can't readily wash your hands.


Don't Cover Your Sneezes and Coughs With Your Hands: Germs and viruses clutch to your bare hands, muffling coughs and sneezes with your hands results in passing along your germs to others. When you feel a sneeze or cough coming, use a tissue, and then throw it away immediately. If you don't have a tissue, turn your head away from people near you and cough into the air.