(In addition to staying away from Mexico and Southern California right now...)

The American Red Cross in Utah offers free safety tips to prevent the spread of flu in the wake of the 40 cases of the Swine Flu in the U.S, according to the Center For Disease Control as of  1:00 PM ET, today.


       Red Cross CEO, Maxine Margaritis, said, “This is a very good reminder for all of us. The American Red Cross has excellent tips on prevention and health.  People need to know how to prevent becoming ill, what to do if they become sick, what they need to do if they must care for someone who is sick.”   

        The American Red Cross recommends following these simple steps to prevent the spread of a disease: 

·         Wash hands frequently with soap and water or a hand sanitizer

·         Avoid or minimize contact with sick people (a minimum 3 feet distancing is recommended.)

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

·         Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crooke of your elbow

·         Stay away from others as much as possible when you are sick.


Also, stay healthy, adopt good business policies that encourage employees/students to stay home when sick and get a flu shot every year. Please follow health and travel recommendations from your local Health authorities and the CDC.  For more information and free tips on how to be Red Cross Ready to prevent the spread of the flu, visit utahredcross.org.


For updates and additional  information on swine flu check with:

Utah Department of Health www.health.utah.gov/

Salt Lake Valley Health www.slvhealth.org

And the Center for Disease Control  www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

The American Red Cross in Utah  www.utahredcross.org

 About the American Red Cross in Utah: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; supplies blood to 30 area hospitals; and supports military members and their families. The organization also provides emergency utility assistance and international family tracing services. The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization, not a government funded agency, which depends entirely upon volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. Donate your time or resources to your local Chapter. Salt Lake Area 801-323-7000 or visit www.utahredcross.org, Provo Area (801) 373-8580 www.redcrossut.org, Ogden Area (801) 627-0000, www.redcrossutah.org.