Viral Respiratory Illness Prevention
Prevention strategies are good health hygiene including washing your hands, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, staying home if you are ill, avoiding close contact with those who are ill, and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve – not your hands.
Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Frequently wash your hands to prevent spreading germs such as viruses and bacteria:
- Before eating food
- Before and after
- preparing food
- treating a cut or wound
- caring for someone who is ill
- After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
- using the toilet, helping someone else toilet, changing diapers
- handling animal food or waste
- touching garbage
For more information: Call 1-800-CDC-INFO or view Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.