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How to Stop the Spread of Germs
The main way that illnesses like colds and flu are spread is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. This is called "droplet spread."
This occurs when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air and are deposited on the mouth or nose of people nearby. Sometimes germs also can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk and then touches his or her own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands. We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks.
The following are just a few of the simple ways you can avoid getting and spreading germs:
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue, then, clean your hands and do so every time you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands properly
We recommend that when you
wash your hands you
use soap and warm water
& that you
wash for 15 to 20 seconds.
That's about the same time it takes, for example, to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice. Be sure to wash all surfaces of your hands, including your wrists.
Alcohol-Based Hand Wipes
and Gel Sanitizers Work Too
When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. Gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.
Remember, exercising these simple precautions can help you kill germs avoid infection regardless of whether we are experiencing a common flu season or a pandemic outbreak.
Remind your children to practice these healthy habits, as well.
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