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Stop the Spread of Germs
The best way to avoid developing respiratory disease is to keep yourself from being exposed. However, if you can’t evade exposure, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help restrict the spread of illness. These are the measures recommended by the CDC:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay at home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Use regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before
eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end, twice.
- Rinse hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases.
- The use of facemasks is crucial only for people who show symptoms of these illnesses, health workers, and people who are taking care of someone in close settings.
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Preventative action recommendations from the CDC
This infographic describes best practices established by the CDC for restricting the spread of respiratory illness. If you can’t avoid exposure, make sure you’re disinfecting surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, covering your coughs, and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Are you doing what you can to help prevent the spread of disease? Share so everyone becomes aware of these recommendations.
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