Friday, January 18, 2013
There are other prevention steps Oregonians can take to reduce the spread of the virus:
n Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
n Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
n Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
n Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
n Stay home if you become sick.
n Clean work and household surfaces often.
n Wear a mask if you have a weakened immune system.
n Ask your family, friends and health providers to get a flu vaccination.
n Get plenty of sleep.
n Exercise and eat well.
n Manage any chronic conditions.
n Call your doctor to see if you should be seen in the clinic, or if a prescription for anti-viral medication is needed.
Severe flu symptoms needing an emergency room visit:
n Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
n Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
n Sudden dizziness
n Severe or persistent vomiting
n Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with fever and worse.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge