Stopping the Spread of Germs

Illnesses like the flu (influenza) and colds are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu and colds usually spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

You can stop the spread of germs by:
– cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Then, clean your hands, and do so everytime you cough or sneeze.

– clean your hands with soap and warm water rubbing your hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces. Wash for 15 to 20 seconds. It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs.

When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. If using a gel, rub the gel in your hands until they are dry.

-avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs can live for a long time (some can live for 2 hours or more) on surfaces like door knobs, desks, and tables.

-stay home when you are sick or have flu symptoms and check with a health provider when needed.

Remember: Keeping your distance from others may protect them from getting sick.

Common Symptoms of the flu include:
– fever (usually high)
– headache
– extreme tiredness
– cough
– sore throat
– runny or stuffy nose
– muscle aches and
– nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (much more common among children than adults).


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