How To Avoid Catching Or Spreading Germs

Here are some tips to help keep germs from spreading, especially during the cough, cold and flu season.


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • Always wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing, or after touching used tissues or handkerchiefs
  • Use warm water and soap to wash your hands. If you dont have soap and water, use alcohol-base hand gel or disposable wipes.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Share things like towels, lipstick, toys, or anything else that might be contaminated with respiratory germs
  • Share food, utensils or beverage containers with others


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