OMG! Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao down with swine flu, undergoing treatment at Mumbai home

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We wish the couple a speedy recovery.

August is Swine flu season and the deadly virus has claimed around 103 deaths in Maharashtra alone. The latest victims of it are other that Aamir Khan and his star wife Kiran Rao.

Yes, actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao have contracted swine flu and the couple is undergoing treatment at their Mumbai home.

The news was broken by the actor himself through video conferencing as he was unable to attend the 'Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017' event that was organised in Pune by his own NGO Paani Foundation.

"We really wanted to attend the ceremony, but recently, after a test, I was diagnosed with H1N1, that is swine flu...I have been asked to take rest and cannot go and attend any public function so I am skipping the event so that others do not contract it," 52-year-old Aamir told the audience as Kiran sat next to him in the video.

Media reports say that Aamir's wife Kiran contracted the illness from him.

"Kiran contracted it from Aamir. As a result of the infection, they (Aamir and Kiran) were not able to remain present for the most important day of Paani Foundation- the annual prize distribution," says a report on NDTV.com.

All you must know about Swine Flu

While there is a vaccination that was earlier used as a preventive method against the H1N1 virus, scientists are now working on a new vaccination as the earlier one is most likely ineffective.

Even as doctors are getting alarmed over the sudden spread and increase of swine flu cases this year, here are some important facts you should be aware of, so that you can take care of your kids, yourself and your family, in the best possible way.

1. What is swine flu?

It is a flu-like respiratory condition that is caused by the influenza virus. It is a highly contagious medical condition that can quickly spread from one person to the other.

2. How does it spread?

The disease spreads very much like the flu, which means that you can get it if you are close to someone who already has it. When an affected person coughs or sneezes, the virus gets released into the air. Anyone who is nearby is at risk of coming in contact with the virus when he or she directly touches a contaminated surface.

3. When does the infection get more contagious?

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An infected person will start spreading the germs a day before symptoms actually show up. Also, this will continue till almost 8 to 10 days after the condition is diagnosed. This means, crowded spaces are breeding grounds for the virus to spread.

4. What are the symptoms?

Most of the symptoms are entirely similar to that of flu, so you need to be more careful. Watch out for coughing, headaches, sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, fever, fatigue, body ache and sore throat.

5. How can you test if it is swine flu?

Your doctor will suggest a lab test by taking a swab from the inside of your nose and the back of your throat. In most cases, children under 5 will definitely be given this test, as well as those over 65 years of age. Also, pregnant women, and those with any chronic respiratory condition such as asthma, or conditions affecting the heart, lung or blood will be referred the test immediately.

6. Treatment options

The doctor may prescribe anti-viral medication that work best if taken within the first 48 hours of initial symptoms. Antibiotics will be of no use.

7. Who is at a higher risk?

While anyone can get affected with swine flu, here are some conditions that can put you at a higher risk:

  • Babies aged 6 months and above till children up to 19 years of age
  • Those who are 50 years or older
  • Pregnant women
  • Those who are suffering from some health conditions such as asthma, heart problems, lung or respiratory issues, diabetes, weak immune system and so on.

8. How to get relief at home

Make sure to drink lots of water and stay hydrated, as well as take complete rest. If required, ask your doctor for pain relievers for headache and body ache.

9. Prevention

Always wash your hands, especially when you come in contact with surfaces outdoors. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes, avoid going out if you have any flu-like symptoms and stay away from public places.

10. HOME REMEDIES

Swine flu needs immediate medical attention. The following remedies can only provide some relief, and not cure the condition.

  • Eat tulsi leaves as whole, or add in your cup of tea each day.
  • Consume 2 to 3 pods of raw garlic on an empty stomach in the morning.
  • Have a glass of warm turmeric milk each morning and night.
  • Have a spoon of fresh aloe vera gel with a glass of water each day.
  • Have citrus fruits such as amla and orange.

Unlike what many believe, you cannot get swine flu by eating pork products such as bacon, ham and so on. Swine flu is a very serious health condition that needs immediate medical attention, so make sure you consult a doctor at the earliest signs. If not treated on time, it can lead to pneumonia, lung infection and more.

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