Aside from a vaccine, protecting against the swine flu is similar to guarding against seasonal flu. Both viruses are spread from person to person through an uncovered cough or sneeze. So the easiest thing to do is cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, preferably with an elbow. Throw away used tissues immediately. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. If someone in your household is sick, keep that person in one room of the house, wipe down surfaces with household disinfectant and make sure the rest of the household washes hands often. Any caregiver can wear a tight-fitting surgical mask to avoid the airborne virus and should be careful handling the sick person's laundry do not hug it close when carrying it. If you feel ill, quarantine yourself: no errands, school or work for seven days after symptoms begin, or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.