Health Chats
Palo Alto Menlo Park Parents Club Swine Flu Chat
Friday May 08, 2009, 12:00AM - 01:00AM (EST)
Enoch Choi, MDBlank
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Urgent Care, Palo Alto, CA
Do you have swine flu? Dr. Enoch Choi, MD from Palo Alto Medical Foundation Urgent Care will help answer questions on how to tell swine flu from a cold, and from seasonal influenza. Swine flu has not yet been proven to be a serious enough virus to declare this to be a pandemic, but nations around the globe are discouraging travel to USA and Mexico. Just how dangerous is this virus? How can you protect yourself? How can you stay healthy? Come ask these questions and more from a physician on the front lines, treating folks coming back from Mexico with upper respiratory illnesses that match the CDC's protocols for treating suspected swine flu patients.<br><br> <img src="http://www.medhelp.org/images/email/arrow.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp; Learn more about Swine Flu from Dr. Enoch Choi's blog post <a href="http://www.medhelp.org/user_journals/show/83652">Do I have Swine Flu?</a> <br><br> <img src="http://www.medhelp.org/images/email/arrow.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp; Read the chat transcript from Dr. Enoch Choi's first <a href="http://www.medhelp.org/health_chats/archive/17">Swine Flu Health Chat</a> on April 29, 2009.
Dr. Enoch Choi:
or the southern hemisphere's winter starts shortly
smartwater:
Is it to safe to eat at restaurants?
Dr. Enoch Choi:
yes, there are no restrictions on going out anywhere in the world.  even mexico re-opened everything today.  all schools in USA reopened today
Dr. Enoch Choi:
It looks like we have a new visitor, feel free to ask a question!
Dr. Enoch Choi:
something great that came out 2 days ago frmo the cdc:
Dr. Enoch Choi:
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm are guidelines on what to do if you get a flu like illness
Dr. Enoch Choi:
written to parents
JereKing:
How do you keep your staff from getting infected, when you have string of people with infectious diseases?
Dr. Enoch Choi:
general hygiene measures
Dr. Enoch Choi:
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance_homecare.htm are guidelines on how to take care of flu patients, and give good guidelines on how to stay well
Dr. Enoch Choi:
don't touch your eyes/nose/mouth
Dr. Enoch Choi:
you may need to wear a mask to remind yourself if you're prone to touching these areas
Dr. Enoch Choi:
the mask may not filter out small particles like viruses, but it'll remind you not to touch yourself
Dr. Enoch Choi:
NO TOUCHING!!!
Dr. Enoch Choi:
JUST SAY NO!!!!
smartwater:
What about other activities like swimming? I saw on the forums that moms were concerned about sending kids for lessons?
Dr. Enoch Choi:
not a risk unless another feverish sick kid coughs or sneezes on your kid
Dr. Enoch Choi:
the pool is a BIIIIIG body of water and would dilute out the number of organisims so your child couldn't get exposed to enough #s of viruses to get sick
Dr. Enoch Choi:
it takes a LD50 (a certain # of exposure to viruses) to mount an infection
JereKing:
Thanks for answering my questions -- we were originally scheduled for Monday -- 3 days makes a big difference and it doesn't seem quite so pressing now!
Dr. Enoch Choi:
you're right.  we're seeing many less people sick and worried now
Dr. Enoch Choi:
but being prepared is just as pressing
Dr. Enoch Choi:
please, please, have 2 weeks of preparations ready
Dr. Enoch Choi:
in case it gets worse
Dr. Enoch Choi:
or in case we have an earthquake
Dr. Enoch Choi:
http://swineflu.sccgov.org/
Dr. Enoch Choi:
is our local public health department
Dr. Enoch Choi:
which shows we have 24 cases of H1N1 in our community
Dr. Enoch Choi:
they're being quarantined at home, but it's expected that before they had symptoms they could have infected others
Dr. Enoch Choi:
the good thing is that now, they won't close a school until a "significant numebr" are infected which adversely affects school function
smartwater:
Thanks enoch - you helped answer my questions too
Dr. Enoch Choi:
you're welcome!