09 July 2009

H1N1 home quarantine

You've read about H1N1 everyday and everywhere and have taken steps to protect your families by visiting less malls or go anti-social for crowded events. Yet, it can still strike you.

I just got a call from hubby that he will be on home quarantined from today till next Monday as one of his colleague, who has returned from Jakarta has been confirmed to have H1N1 virus. His colleague returned from Jakarta last Friday and was at work on Saturday and also the following Monday. Then on Tuesday, he did not turn up for work and just yesterday, confirmed to have H1N1. Everyone in the company with close contact with this guy has been given the flu vaccination (not sure how effective this will be!) and will be home quarantined from today. The people from Ministry of Health (MOH) even sanitized the whole office floor to contain the spread of the H1N1 virus.

I am getting a little panic now....what should we do since we got two young kids at home? It would be difficult not to have close contact with hubby since we all stayed under the same roof! The door knob, door, remote control, kitchen utensils etc? Can you imagine how difficult that would be? Also I don't think my two young kids would understand not to go near daddy? Maybe should restrict hubby to a room and toilet only!

Anyway, in order to take precaution, family members of those quarantined have been asked to practice extra hygiene
  • Avoid close contact with hubby
  • Cover our nose and mouth with disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of them in the waste bin
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and running water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective
  • We should also avoid touching our eyes, nose or mouth (Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth)
So far, household members have not been directed to be quarantined by MOH but if hubby develops any H1N1 symptoms, then we will also be quarantined. Just prayed that hubby will be fine!

Update @ 12 July 2009

Hubby got a call from his HR that the home quarantined has abolished by MOH so hubby is free now! Luckily, hubby still didn't develops any H1N1 symptoms which is good news for all of us.


shoppingmum said...

Hi there, thanks for dropping by my bento blog. :) You have 2 lovely girls. I have 2 kids too, and you can take a peep of them here http://iamshoppingmum.com. I guess we mothers really like to blog about our kids huh? :)
Anyway, I hope that your hubby is fine. My boy was sick days ago, and we thought it was H1N1 but the paed ruled it out and he's feeling better now. The influenza is more serious here in Bangkok, so I'm practising the tips that you've written too.

Mummy to QiQi said...

sigh...things is not getting better too out there. really worrying yeah with lil ones around :(

Blog's author said...

Shoppingmum: Hi, thanks for dropping by blog

Mummy to QiQi: Yes, this H1N1 is really worrying but at times, I am also wondering whether we are just paranoid? It will probably be just another flu in times to come and Singapore/Japan have also stopped issuing any home quarantine!

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