Spike in Flu Related Hospital Visits in Cornwall – Cornwall Ontario, October 28, 2009

Spike in Flu Related Hospital Visits in Cornwall – Cornwall Ontario, October 28, 2009

As H1N1 emotionally takes grip of us this busy flu season Hospitals are filling up with people concerned and fearful of the disease.

L I N K Cornwall Community Hospital CEO Jeanette Despatie said the hospital’s emergency room saw roughly twice as many patients as usual on Monday, with 250 people seeking help. The trend to Tuesday as 140 patients had visited the emergency room by 2 p. m., already surpassing a typical day’s patient load of 120 to 130 people.

According to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the best defence against H1N1 is personal hygiene, especially regular hand-washing. Symptoms to watch out for include trouble breathing, sluggishness and dehydration, in addition to typical flu symptoms such as coughing and fever. For people who don’t have any of the first three symptoms, it’s recommended they stay at home to recover.

Try not to handle surfaces that are commonly used like door handles if possible.  As hard as this will be for some too; try to give up on the hand shake for awhile.     Clean commonly used surfaces around your home or office when possible, and always sneeze into your elbow and not into your hand.

For more flu info keep reading our pages or go to the EOHU website.

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