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Staying Calm Amid Swine Flu Panic

La Opinin, Posted: Apr 28, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- The swine flu outbreak in Mexico has the world on alert for the possible global spread of the virus. At times like this, it is necessary to remain calm, be informed, maintain basic hygiene and follow official advice, according to an editorial in La Opinin. The medical community encourages people to follow basic hygiene like washing your hands well, not going to work or school if you feel sick or have a fever, and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze. If you feel sick, go to the doctor immediately.

We are concerned on this side of the border with what is happening to our neighbor to the South; it is precisely the proximity that unites us which also requires us to take the spread of the virus very seriously, editors write. Collaboration between United States and Mexican authorities is critical to contain this threat.

People should also heed the official warnings not to travel Mexico for non-essential business, editors write. Mexico is currently taking measures to prevent infection by shutting down public activities and closing locations where person-to-person infection can take place. Meanwhile, our countrys authorities are taking precautions to address the various possible scenarios. It is time to remain calm, watch the news, and follow the recommendations, the editorial concludes.

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