What Three (3) Things Can You Do to Prevent Infection?
Avoiding contagious diseases like the common cold, strep throat, and influenza (the flu), is important to everyone. Here are three easy things you can do to fight the spread of infection.
First - Clean Your Hands Using the Following Methods:
- Use soap and warm water. Rub your hands vigorously for at least 15 seconds.
- Or, if your hands do not look dirty, clean them with alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Rub the sanitizer all over your hands, especially under your nails and between your fingers, until your hands are dry.
- Clean your hands before touching or eating food.
- Clean them after you use the bathroom, take out the trash, change a diaper, handle money, play with a pet or if you are taking care of a wound.
- Doctors, nurses, dentists and other healthcare providers come into contact with lots of bacteria and viruses. So before they treat you, ask them if they've cleaned their hands.
Second - Cover Your Mouth and Nose
Many diseases are spread through sneezes and coughs. When you sneeze or cough, the germs can travel three (3) feet or more! Controlling a cough if you are sick can help prevent the spread of infection to others.
Use a tissue! Keep tissues handy at home, at work and in your pocket. Be sure to throw away used tissues and then clean your hands. If you don't have a tissue, cover your mouth and nose with the crook of your elbow or your hands. If you use your hands, wash your hands right away.
Third - Avoid Close Contact
If you are sick with a fever or other symptoms of a contagious illness, stay away from other people and stay home. Call work or school and tell them you are sick.
If you go for medical treatment with a fever, coughing or similar illness, make sure you tell your healthcare provider. They may ask you to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of infection.
These steps can help prevent the spread of infection from colds, influenza (the flu) and diseases like:
- Whooping cough Chicken pox
- Strep throat
- SARS Mumps, measles, and rubella (also known as German measles)