Essential oils to kill Swine Flu virus, or any virus! The word virus is Latin for toxin or poison, and is a microscopic infectious agent that can reproduce only inside a host cell.
Viruses infect all types of organisms, from animals (including us) and plants, to bacteria and archaea (a single cell lifeform). Since the first virus discovery in 1898, more than 5,000 types of virus have been detailed. Viruses are found in almost every ecosystem on Earth,and are the largest type of lifeform on the planet. The study of viruses is known as virology, and is a branch of microbiology.
Viruses have two or three parts: genes made from either DNA or RNA, molecules with genetic information; and a protein coat that protects these genes; some have an envelope of fat that surrounds them when they are outside a cell (in the outside world). Viruses vary in shape and are about 1/100th the size of bacteria.
Viruses spread in many ways, some are spread a lot easier than others; plant viruses are often transmitted from plant to plant by insects that feed on the plant, while animal viruses can be carried by blood-sucking insects, like mosquitoes. Flu (influenza) viruses/swine flu are spread by coughing and sneezing. Norovirus are transmitted by the feces-to-mouth route, from unwashed hands or sewage. Rotaviruses are often spread by direct contact with infected children. HIV is one of several viruses that are transmitted through sexual contact.
Not all viruses cause disease, as many viruses reproduce without causing any obvious harm to the host (that can be us). Viruses such as hepatitis B can cause life-long infections, and continue to replicate in the body despite the immune system. Usually viral infections cause an immune response that eliminates the infecting virus. These immune responses can also be produced by vaccines that give immunity to a viral infection. Even bacteria has defenses against viral infection. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses, such as the swine flu, but antiviral drugs have been developed to treat both life-threatening and more minor infections.
Viral epidemiology deals with the transmission and control of virus infections . Transmission of viruses can be vertical, that is from mother to child, or horizontal, which means from person to person. Horizontal transmission is the most common spread of viruses. Transmission for the swine flu can be in the exchange of blood, saliva, or from contaminated food or water, by breathing in viruses and by insect vectors such as mosquitoes. The rate or speed of transmission of viral infections depends on factors such as population density, individual health, the quality of health care and the weather.
Epidemiology is used stop the progressive infection during outbreaks . Control measures include; when the outbreak started, find the source, identify the virus, create a vaccine, which has happened with the swine flu. When vaccines are not available, sanitation and disinfection can be effective. Often infected people are quarantined. Most viral infections have incubation periods with no signs or symptoms. Incubation periods range from a few days to weeks, for most infections. Following that, there is a period of communicability; when an infected individual is contagious and can infect another. When outbreaks cause an unusually high proportion of cases in a population, community or region, they are called epidemics. If outbreaks spread worldwide they are called pandemics.
Vaccines and anti-viral drugs:
Vaccination is a cheap and effective way of preventing infections by viruses. Vaccines can consist of live-attenuated or killed viruses, or viral proteins (antigens). Live vaccines contain weakened forms of the virus that causes the disease. Such viruses are called attenuated. Live vaccines can be dangerous when given to people with a weak immunity, (who are described as immune-compromised), because in these people, the weakened virus can cause the original disease. The creators of the swine flu vaccinations has created both versions.
Over the past twenty years, the development of antiviral drugs has increased rapidly. This has been driven by the AIDS pandemic.
If H1N1 does become pandemic, there could be problems that most of us cannot fathom. The movie "Blindness" is probably a good example of what could happen. If you didn't see the movie, go rent it. Basically, the entire planet, goes blind. It starts with just one man, and contaminates like wild fire. Initially, those infected are quarantined, meanwhile it is continually spreading. Those in quarantine are left to fend for themselves and are at the mercy of those, also infected, that use force to control the food and therefore the others.
Eventually, even the governmental soldiers guarding the place, have all left, and left those locked inside. One woman can see, and because of this she is able to overthrow the bad patients, and get the good people out of the locked grounds. She leads several people on a long walk, through the streets, among other blind and foraging people, to get to her home. People went blind so fast, that they could not even get home, even with the help of others, for they too went blind. They settle into her home with some assemblance of a domestic life, when all of a sudden, people start to be able to see again, and three months have past. As fast as they went blind, is as fast as they start to see. The difference about this blindness, was that they saw white, and not black, as blind people would. If you were to read the book, there is a lot more detail about the day to day struggles.
Let's also not forget about Hurricane Katrina, and the pathetic rescue efforts there. When I read about the little boy, with the last name of Love, who took care of babies and toddlers all by himself, because the military took the parents and said that they would be back for the children BUT THEY NEVER RETURNED FOR THEM! THESE ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT WILL "CARE" FOR YOU IN A PANDEMIC!