Parkview Medical Center strongly encourages you and your family to take an active role in infection prevention with a couple easy steps. You can make a difference with proper hand hygiene and covering your cough.
Germs are spread through hand contact and one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 15-20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
Remember to always wash your hands after using the restroom, before you eat or prepare food, as well as after touching animals. Get in the habit of using hand sanitizer when you are in public places, such as schools, malls, airports, sporting arenas and of course the hospital.
Germs are also spread through droplets that happen when you cough or sneeze. Make sure to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. Contain the spread of these germs with these three easy steps:
- Using a tissue to cover the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Dispose of the used tissue in the nearest waste receptacle after use
- Do not forget to wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer after you cover that cough or sneeze.
For additional resources on how you can prevent the spread of infection, click on these free downloads or visit www.cdc.gov, www.cdphe.state.co.us or www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/espanol/ for the spanish version. You can also call the Colorado Flu Hotline at 877.462.2911.
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