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Sukyo Mahikari Swine Flu Advisory June 2009

North American regional headquarters has received several questions concerning swine flu, which on June 11 was designated by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic.

Sukyo Mahikari position on swine flu, bird flu, AIDS, and all other communicable medical conditions:

The fundamental rule of the Sukyo Mahikari organization is to combine medical treatment with the art of True Light. Anyone with a health condition that can be transmitted to others should go to a doctor or medical facility for treatment and, if you are affected by a reportable communicable disease, follow the applicable laws in your community.

Additional Physical Steps to Take:


We are closely monitoring the situation and will keep you informed as new information becomes available. In the meantime, we would like to provide the following guidance which was sent to all North American centers on April 28, 2009:



  • Check the news reports and follow the instructions of your local authorities (your state governor, city mayor, and city or county health department). Another excellent resource is the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Go to http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ for the latest information on the outbreak.


  • If you or your child or older parent has flu-like symptoms, especially with a temperature of 101°F or higher, contact your doctor.


  • Practice good respiratory health. The CDC and other health agencies recommend the following actions:

o  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

o  Try to avoid crowds.

o  Wash your hands often with soap and water, whether you have symptoms or not, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

o  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

o  Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

o  If you get sick with influenza, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

o  Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

 

  • At this point, the authorities have not issued a recommendation that people wear face masks. However, we need to be cautious. It is good to wear a face mask if you are coughing a lot. If you wish to get masks to avoid spreading germs or as a precautionary measure, it is important to get face-fitting masks. We recommend that you get NIOSH-approved N95 respiratory masks. (NIOSH is the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.) N95 masks are available in drugstores, hardware stores, and online at sites such as www.fluarmor.com or www.cpr-savers.com. Be sure to follow the instructions for use included with the masks, as a close fit is essential to their effectiveness. Children wearing masks should be watched to ensure the child doesn't wear it inside out, loosen its fit by playing with it, or leave their mask exposed to others.


  • Make sure that you have emergency supplies in case you need to stay at home with the flu or in the event that authorities order citizens to remain in their homes. Store a
    2-week supply of food and water, as well as other home needs, such as toilet paper. Centers should also have food, water, and supplies in the event that staff members must remain at the center for an extended period of time. Other supplies to consider having include:


o  Disposable latex or nitrile (non-latex) gloves

o  Hand sanitizer (70% alcohol concentration)

o  Extra prescription medications you or your family members are taking

o  A supply of cash



Spiritual Preparedness



As members of Sukyo Mahikari, we should always pray to God and take appropriate actions in any difficult situation. In the case of communicable diseases, we need to take care of our own health and to safeguard others. Therefore, if you have the flu or a serious cleansing, please refrain from coming to the center. In this case, as stated above, it is important to consult with your center's staff concerning your individual situation and the possibility of receiving Light at home.



At the same time, to be able to help others and ourselves, it is important not to become filled with fear. All health conditions are cleansing of spiritual impurities and important opportunities many people are able to use as a turning point to awaken to God's existence and to change their innermost attitude to a spirit-centered one.



We encourage you to:

 

  • Give and receive Light and remain God-centered in your heart and actions.


  • Practice the ten points.


  • If you need to stay at home, take the opportunity to read divine publications such as the Book of Holy Words, the Prayer Book, and the Sukyo Mahikari journal.


Let's do our best to unite and support each other during this period of cleansing.



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