UK Shares Affected by Swine Flu Outbreak

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The outbreak of swine flu, having killed over 100 people in Mexico and already spread to the US, Canada and New Zealand, has given a boost to shares in pharmaceutical companies in anticipation of the need for drugs and flu vaccines, and caused travel and agricultural shares to fall.

British shares affected include GlaxoSmithKline, British Airways, EasyJet, Thomas Cook, the holiday company and Cranswick, a supplier of pork to Tesco.

There is a wealth of good advice being given about how to avoid becoming a flu victim. Here I offer you my personal experience and advice on this.

Years ago I went twice as a volunteer to the Common Cold Research Centre near Salisbury, Wiltshire. There, under the auspices of the World Health Organisation, the virologists were researching colds and flu, and it was they who developed the first flu vaccines. Volunteers spent ten days there and during that time we learned from the virologists some facts about these respiratory diseases and how they were spread.

I remember that we were told how easy it is to catch these diseases 'by hand'. - Say someone with the infection coughs into their hand, or in blowing their nose gets viruses onto their hand. - Then you shake or otherwise touch their hand. - You'd get the viruses onto your hand. - Or they open a door, say, and you later touch that same door-knob, and your hand picks up viruses from the door-knob. Then you rub your eyes. - People often rub their eyes. - The viruses from your hand/s enter your body via your eyes, through rubbing them.
If you have the habit of rubbing your eyes, it would be a good idea to try to cure yourself of it. Avoiding rubbing your eyes could possibly save you from a bout of flu.


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