Infectious respiratory diseases like influenza can be spread by droplets which escape from the nose or mouth of the infected persons when they are talking, coughing or sneezing.
These droplets contain harmful germs and may travel in the air for a distance of about one or two meters before falling to a surface.
Other persons may become infected when they inhale these droplets from the air or by touching their eyes, nose or mouth with their hands that have touched a contaminated surface.
Symptoms of influenza may include fever, cough, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, headache, tiredness, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhoea.
Persons being treated at home for influenza are instructed as follows:
Do not leave home for the period indicated by the health care worker.
Do not answer the door (arrange for other family members to do this).
Do not have visitors to the house.
If possible, sleep in a separate room away from others.
Use separate utensils and dishes for meals, and wash these separately.
Wear a mask when the in company of others and when using common areas of the?? home.
Take medication as prescribed by health care workers or use over the counter medicines to relieve symptoms.
If your condition worsens seek medical advice.