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PORTER You've already alluded to good personal hygiene, what can we do to protect ourselves? MCCLOSKEY



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PORTER

You've already alluded to good personal hygiene, what can we do to protect ourselves?


MCCLOSKEY

The most important thing is if you get symptoms don't walk around sneezing on people. If you're feeling unwell, particularly if you've been near a country that might have been affected with swine flu then stay at home, don't walk around spreading it, stay at home, call your GP or call NHS Direct, it's better to call them rather than to go to them. And if you need to get treatment then we'll organise to get the testing done and preferably get a friend to collect the tablets for you rather than going to do it yourself. Be careful how you dispose of tissues when you're using them. And actually people don't often realise but simply washing your hands is a very important issue because the virus does spread through contact, so regular washing of hands and washing of hands for a visitor around the house is good.


PORTER

Can the virus survive for long outside the body?


MCCLOSKEY

Not for very long on hard surfaces slightly better than soft surfaces but we're probably talking hours rather than any long time but it's the major way of spread but it is there and therefore we are concerned that good hand hygiene, washing hard surfaces, washing your hands is a good way to help protect yourself as well.


PORTER

Dr Brian McCloskey from the Health Protection Agency, thank you very much.


I am afraid we must leave it there but Quentin Cooper will be investigating further for Material World on Thursday.
Normal service resumes for Case Notes with next week's programme which is all about cerebral palsy. Join me to find out how modern orthopaedic surgery and physio are helping some children with the condition walk unaided.
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