Take measures to flight the flu

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 12:00am

The government has launched many measures to fight the flu. We as students can also do our part.

Firstly, we need to lead a healthy lifestyle. By doing regular exercise, we become fitter and our resistance to disease is increased. Eating a balanced diet ensures we get the vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Our bodies are like castles: when the castles are well defended, it is difficult for enemies to invade.

Secondly, we should wear masks at school if our classmates are not well. We can catch the flu when someone near us coughs or sneezes. A mask may help prevent infection.

Last but not least, we must pay attention to personal hygiene. We should not share food or drinks with others. We should cover our nose and mouth when we cough or sneeze, and wash our hands straight after.

There's no point in being afraid of the flu. By taking these steps, we can join the fight against it.

Lillian Lai, Tak Nga Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Lillian. One of the most important steps in fighting the flu is hand-washing. Most people do not wash their hands properly - either they don't use soap, or they don't wash for long enough. Many people fake it, which is a pretty scary thought if they are dealing with our food.

According to websites dedicated to hand-washing, dirty hands remain the number one source of infection. In fact, just by people having access to soap and clean water, infection rates drop. We might take soap and clean water for granted in Hong Kong, but in other regions they are not so easy to come by. Now there are programmes to send 'slightly used' soap - soap used once or twice by hotel guests - to Africa for recycling.

Susan, Editor