Illness Prevention: Promote and practice illness prevention strategies. The best way to prevent ANY illness is
to avoid being exposed to a virus. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of
respiratory viruses including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading your illness to others, you should:
- Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (That is three full days of fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers).
- Other symptoms have improved ( for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
- At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.