How to Protect Yourself
Viral respiratory illnesses are spread by droplets from person to person, such as when someone who is sick coughs or sneezes near you, or by touching something with the virus on it and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. To protect yourself, follow these three steps to prevent droplet and contact hazards:
- Use soap and water, rub hands together for 20-30 seconds, rinse with clean water, dry hands with clean disposable towel or air dry, use towel to turn off faucet.
- Wash hands often throughout the day.
- Alcohol-based sanitizers are used as a temporary measure. Rub hands together for 20 seconds or until dry, whichever is longer.
- Cover your cough—cough and sneeze into tissues, your arm or el-bow, not into your hands.
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Avoid Contact with Others Who Are Ill
- Try to remain at least 6 feet away from ill people.
- Before entering a patient’s room, check to see if anyone is present and ask if they are sick. If so, request they put on a mask before entering.
Increased risk— over age 65, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, or a suppressed immune system.