Prevent the spread of germs in close quarters by following these simple tips.
- While there aren’t vaccines available for every illness, they are your first and best defense against highly contagious ones such as the flu and chicken pox. Make sure you’re up-to-date on your vaccinations.
- Wash your hands frequently. Germs can be spread through hand-to-hand contact or by touching an infected surface. Before you touch your face, wash your hands thoroughly with lots of soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Encourage the sick person to cover their mouth using the crook of their arm or a tissue when they sneeze or cough. Sneezing or coughing into one’s hands only encourages the spread of germs onto every surface the sick person touches.
- If the sick person is willing, have them wear a mask to contain germs. Or, you can wear a mask to prevent germs from getting to your mouth or nose.
- Lastly, disinfect communally used surfaces. For an inexpensive disinfectant, mix one cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water. Wipe down the surface with the bleach mixture and leave it for 3-5 minutes before rinsing.