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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- When a person sneezes, the pressure spews out about 40,000 droplets at 95 mph, Amy Jones, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Health Department, told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday morning.
If the person sneezing has swine flu, the germs in the droplets can live up to 48 hours, enough time that they can infect anyone who comes in contact with them.
"There's no way to keep from getting it (swine flu) in West Virginia, if it isn't already here," Jones said.
A regular annual flu shot offers no protection for swine flu, Jones said. For now, the only way to protect oneself is to wash hands frequently throughout the day or keep from kissing or otherwise coming in close contact with an infected person, said Dr. Robert Johnson, chairman of the health department's board of directors.