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What information do you have about H1N1 flu?

Tuesday, November 17
“I think it is just normal flu, but the media has inflated the issue very much. A lot of people die of seasonal flu every year but nobody reports it. The more the media talk about this issue the more people panic.”
Dato, systems engineer, 25

“I am trying to follow doctors’ advice on swine flu prevention. I keep my hands clean and try to avoid public gatherings. I don’t know if these tips will be effective if the pandemic spreads in Georgia.”
Lali, economist, 45

“You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. But not everyone with flu will have a fever.”
Marianna, hospital nurse, 43

“I know only that this flu is called H1N1 or swine flu and that it has come to Georgia too, unfortunately. That is all I know.”
Vanda, model, 19

I think that we are in real danger, because this flu is in Georgia. The information I have is that people must take vitamin C, it is the most effective thing, and must avoid the ill people, so we do not kiss in the street or do other things they tell us on the TV.
Nino, housewife, 56

“As far as I know it has the same symptoms as common flu. That’s why I’m alerted every time I sneeze. This pandemic has spread all over the world and after hundreds of people died in Ukraine I realised that this danger is close to us all.”
Keti, economist, 28

“I know that it doesn’t have any special symptoms and is cured by Tamiflu. I don’t know the exact statistics of the death rate by swine flu but it seems to be a serious threat for the world.”
Ani, student, 21

“H1N1 transmits from person to person. So everyone should be careful and see the doctor even after the first symptoms of flu.”
Giorgi, journalist, 24

“H1N1 is a variety of influenza, hence it has no very special symptoms different from those of common flu, but I know if I have them I should address a medical institution. In the first days it is easily curable.”
Maia, student, 24

“The public is very informed about the H1N1 virus thanks to the TV channels and the internet, we know its symptoms and we also know how to act. There has not been one fatal case in Georgia yet and I think this is the result of that information campaign.”
Merab, architect, 35