I'm 40, women, with severe kidney involvemet and taking, among other pills, Cellcept 2g a day. (micophenolate)
What can I do? I've got to travel a lot within the next 2 weeks. (My apologies for my poor English)
Thank you so much!
I know there is a lot of fear of this disease, especially for those of us on immuno supressants.
The CDC and WHO are not yet encouraging any travel restrictions, however they are taking a stance of aggressive preparedness.
The suggestions they make are as follows:
Wash your hands frequently, use antibacterial washes or sprays as necessary
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (pray that others do too)
Wash your hands frequently
If you feel ill or have a fever, cough or excessive congestion and fear ypou may have been exposed call your DR ASAP.
From my perspective:
If you must travel, do not shake hands, wear a surgical mask on the plane, carry disenfectand wash or spray, and wash your hands. Eat only cooked food and bottled water (although it is not transmitted this way) its just a good safe practise when travelling to ensure you do not get a bug or bacteria your body is not used to.
Listen to the news incase CDC or WHO change the status...
Apart from wearing a mask and being very careful about hygiene, it is hard to know what to do when travelling, assuming you aren't using private transport and have to be in close proximity to people.
I would want my doctor's comments. I might also want to be assured that I could get specialised help should I fall ill when travelling, all depending where I was going I suppose. Maybe get Tamiflu to take with if you should be so unlucky ?
Face masks vary in ability to filter out bacteria, virus's, and even odor's. I recently found out that they are rated. I went to a medical outlet here where I live.
I bought some rated 85%. It means the mask screens out 85 percent of all bacteria's, virus, and smells.
There are a couple of anti-viral drugs, you can ask your dr, about. One is called Tamaflu. I don't know the name of the other. If taken at the earliest onset of symtoms, these drugs will lessen the severity of the illness. Maybe, you could even take one of these drugs, to prevent getting ill at all. I hope so.
I know, it is awfully scarey for those of us that take these meds, that make us so vulnerable, in the first place.
Take as many preventative measures as you possibly can to protect yourself.
Use hand sanitizer always. I like the one made by vick's that last's up to three hours.
The advice already given has been very good. It is also wise to keep your hands away from your face, especially your nose and eyes. When opening doors you might want use a disposable tissue or immediately sanitize your hands.
The other antiviral drug being used is Relenza. The older antiviral drugs like Amantadine and Rimantadine are not effective against this particular strain.
I know we are all worried about this even if we don't have to travel and most will try to stay home as much as possible, but for those of us that can not do that here is some advise. It is a flu so take all flu precautions: When coughing or sneezing make sure to cover you mouth and or nose and try to use a tissue or the elbow area, washing of hands often or having antibac hand wash with you is always a good idea, watch for signs of fever and try to stay away from those that have fevers. None of this will keep you from getting it but it will safeguard your risks of coming in contact with it. You should take precautions to be more aware of flu symptoms and be treated accordingly.
I know how you feel and though I do not have to travel a lot I work at a hotel and come in contact with so many different people from all over the world so I too am very worried and this is what my health department adviced me to do to protect myself. I myself have also gotten myself a can of lysol to spray the air and counters that I come in contact with at work. It is a germ killer and does help. I just know that I have done everything that I can to reduce my chances and risks as much as I can. Be well and take extra care of yourself.