Homeless Providers Call for Prevention Efforts to Avoid Swine Flu Spread In Local Homeless Shelters
How do you stay away from those with the flu if you live in a homeless shelter with 40 to 400 other people? The worst fear of all the homeless social service providers in the community is that the latest flu outbreak will materialize in a congregate living facility. The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Care Alliance, and Volunteers of America are asking for donations of hand sanitizer, blankets, bottled water, and tissues to be distributed to the homeless shelters and unsheltered homeless persons to help us prevent the spread of the new strain of flu.
Our efforts will be to collect and distribute these items to all of the shelters in
Swine flu is spread through the air when infected people cough or sneeze. People who are homeless are at higher risk because they come together in large groups for meals and live in group quarters. Many times these facilities are not adequate places to wash hands and it is not always possible for them to “stay at home when they are sick.”
Medication is available to treat swine flu, but it must be taken within 48 hours of symptom onset to be effective. The symptoms include fever, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, headache, and diarrhea or vomiting (or both). Since many homeless people do not have access to timely physician treatment, prevention is vital.
We are urging people to donate hand sanitizers, tissues, water, and blankets to the Volunteers of
For more information, contact Brian Davis of NEOCH at 216/432-0540. To contact Care
Brian Davis at NEOCH, 216/432-0540
Donna Kelly at Care
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