Simple Protective Measures Against Respiratory Infections
It’s important to practise basic hygienic practices to keep yourself and others safe from respiratory viruses. Here are some steps recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Cover your mouth and nose when you are coughing or sneezing
If you need to cough or sneeze, make sure to cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue, and discard the tissue immediately into a dustbin. Proceed to wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid close contact with sick people
Maintain a distance of at least 1 metre between yourself and those who are coughing, sneezing, or having a fever. When someone with a respiratory disease coughs or sneezes, they release tiny droplets that contain the virus. If you’re too close, you can breathe in the virus.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Your hands often touch many surfaces that are potentially contaminated by viruses. If you touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with contaminated hands, you risk transferring the virus to yourself.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
You can clean and disinfect them with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Dettol’s Multi Surface Cleaner is a great choice as well since it helps to kill 99.9% of germs.
Wear a face mask only when you are sick
The CDC does not recommend people who are well to wear face masks; face masks should be worn by people who are sick to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of face masks is also vital for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (e.g. at home or in a health care facility).
We hope everyone will practise these simple steps to keep everybody safe! Let’s work together to make the world a healthier place! ☀️
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