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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Preventing the Spread of Germs: Good Hygiene

When you cough or sneeze, you send tiny germ-filled droplets into the air. Colds and flu usually spread that way. You can help stop the spread of germs by:

- Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
- Washing your hands often - always before you eat or prepare food, and after you use the bathroom or change a diaper
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth

Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of illnesses. Soap and water work well to kill germs. Wash for at least 15 seconds. Disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers also work well.

If you want more helpful tips on preventing the spread of germs or bacteria, check out these informative sites:

Ounce of Prevention Keeps the Germs Away: Seven Keys to a Safer Healthier Home (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) – PDF

Germs: Understand and Protect against Bacteria, Viruses and Infection (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

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