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Preventing the Spread of Cooties

By on August 15, 2011

Even kids know it’s not okay to spread the cooties, err, I mean germs. Illnesses like colds and flu are spread from person to person by way of coughs and sneezes. The cooties can be prevented by covering your mouth and preventing the spread of respiratory droplets or “droplet spread.”

As adults, germs can be spread easily and without the intent of harm but being aware of your own germs can go a long way in reducing the number of person to person infections. Consider how often you touch paper money, shake a person’s hand, and even touch door handles. Then consider how often other people come into contact with those same items. It’s a recipe for bacterial or viral infection. We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Be careful and consider using anti-bacterial liquid throughout the day, especially if you work around children or are in tight, confined spaces.

How to Stop the Spread of Germs

  • Cover your mouth and nose
  • Clean your hands thoroughly and often
  • Avoid sharing cell phones, eyeglasses, and headphones
  • Step back when others cough or sneeze near you
  • Encourage your children to practice healthy habits, too

The “Happy Birthday” song helps keep your hands clean?

You should also know that health professionals often recommend that when you wash your hands — with soap and warm water — that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. That’s about the same time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice!

Lastly, consider refraining from eating family style with people who are sick or may have poor hygiene. Take some time off work yourself whenever you are sick and/or contagious so you don’t bring illness to the workplace. By following these basic steps you can really make a difference in reducing the spread of cold and flu.


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