15 Tips to Help Stop Spreading Germs

Posted on December 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM


  1. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.Germs are often spread when a person touches a surface or object that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  3. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
  4. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza.
  5. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  6. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
  7. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. (Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.)
  8. Discard used tissues in the trash as soon as you can.
  9. Always wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing, or after touching used tissues or handkerchiefs.
  10. Use warm water and soap to wash your hands. If you don’t have soap and water, use alcohol-base hand gel or disposable wipes.
  11. Try to stay home if you have a cough and fever.
  12. See your doctor as soon as you can if you have a cough and fever, and follow their instructions. Take medicine as prescribed and get lots of rest.
  13. If asked, use face masks provided in your doctor’s office or clinic’s waiting room. Follow office or clinic staff instructions to help stop the spread of germs.
  14. Don’t share things like towels, lipstick, toys, or anything else that might be contaminated with respiratory germs.
  15. Don’t share food, utensils or beverage containers with others.


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