By Barbara Brody
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimating that 4,000 Americans have already died from the H1N1 flu, it's understandable if you feel the urge to hold your breath whenever someone next to you sneezes. Unfortunately, some people have become so fearful that they're working themselves into a frenzy and acting irrationally. Case in point: A woman recently punched another woman on a New York City subway because she was coughing and refused to cover her mouth.
How can you prevent flu-related anxiety from spiraling out of control? Step one is to get the facts, says Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, a psychologist with the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine. That means arming yourself with info from reputable sources, including CDC.gov/H1N1. (You'll also continue to find the latest flu updates at WomansDay.com/flu.) Then check your fears against reality. Below are some common concerns and information to help you cope with them.
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