Break the chain of Infection
There are numerous different germs and infections inside and outside the healthcare setting. Viruses and bacteria can spread from person to person. Therefore, the goal is to prevent them from spreading and infecting more people. We must break the chain of infections. Individuals can break the chain of infection by:
• Cleaning hands frequently. The CDC recommends washing hands thoroughly and vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday song) followed by hand drying.
• Staying up to date with vaccines.
• Covering coughs and sneezes with your arm, sleeve, crook of the elbow (rather than using your hands) as most infections can get spread through microscopic droplets in the air.
• Not sharing personal items like toothbrushes, towels, razors, nail clippers, handkerchiefs, etc.
• Staying home when sick.
• Using safe cooking practices. So refrigerate foods promptly within 2 hrs of preparation, use separate cutting boards for raw meats and vegetables, keep clean countertops, and wash all fruits/vegetables well prior to eating.
• Being a smart traveler and using safe water source such as bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth, eating foods that have been cooked, and avoiding raw vegetables/fruits.
• Cleaning and disinfecting environment.
• Practicing safe sex by using condoms.
• Not picking your nose, mouth or eyes.