Whether it’s the flu or another new disease, it’s natural to ask what you can do to protect yourself and your family. The best way to prevent illness is to practice healthy habits. Follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Have a trusted source of current information such as the Minnesota Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.