STAYING HEALTHY AT HEARST CASTLE:
1. Frequent hand-washing
(well highlighted in all official communications).
2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of your face (unless
you want to eat, bathe, etc.).
3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial
infection in the throat or nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation.
In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one.
Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Similar to 3 above: Clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Not everybody
may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but blowing the nose hard once a day
and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down the viral population.
5. Boost your
natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). If you have to supplement
with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that they also contain Zinc to boost absorption.
6. Drink as many warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc.) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect
as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the
stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
If you remember nothing else: First thing ~ always, always
wash your hands when you come in from your tour or contact with the public. It's your best defense! (...and
try not to touch the handrails!)