Stopping the Spread of Germs

With the onslaught of H1N1, the seasonal flu, and even just the common cold, we all need to do a better job at keeping germs at bay. There are some very simple steps we can take to keep the spread of these germs under control and to stay healthy and safe. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) offers several suggestions to make this task easier.

1. Keep your hands clean. Wash them with hot water and soap, several times a day. Or, use hand sanitizer if soap and hot water are not available. It’s a great idea to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your car, purse, at work, and at home. Having it handy and right there in front of you will make it harder to forget.

2. Sneeze and cough into your elbow. Don’t use your hand to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Lift your arm up and cough and sneeze into the bend of your elbow. Then the germs won’t transfer to anyone else or anything you touch with your hands.

3. Don’t touch your face. Pay particular attention to your eyes, nose, and mouth. These areas are where the germs enter your body and make you sick. If you have germs on your fingers and your rub your eyes, you’ve just almost guaranteed that you will get sick. So keep your hands away and your risk of catching anything will go down.

4. Stay home when you get sick. Don’t go to work. Don’t go to school. Don’t run errands. Staying home will keep the germs from spreading to others.

A little common sense can go a long way when it comes to stopping the spread of the cold and flu viruses. Everyone needs to take precautions and if you do get sick, be courteous to others and do all you can to prevent it from spreading to them as well.

Source by Amy W. Cates