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How Do Germs Spread?CoverYourCough

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain that flu and cold viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with a virus cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. People with the flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Germs are also spread when a person touches a surface or object that has a virus on it and then and then touches their own mouth or nose. Flu germs can live for hours on surfaces like doorknobs, desks and tables.


Did You Know?

Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people with the flu virus beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.


What Can You Do?

• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay away from people who are sick.
• Stay at home while you are sick.
• Cough and sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
• Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

 

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Further Reading

CDC Cover Your Cough

Stopping the Spread of Germs

This is How Germs Spread


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department
Health Care Services Division
(518) 565-4848    

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menu

How Do Germs Spread?CoverYourCough

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain that flu and cold viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with a virus cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. People with the flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Germs are also spread when a person touches a surface or object that has a virus on it and then and then touches their own mouth or nose. Flu germs can live for hours on surfaces like doorknobs, desks and tables.


Did You Know?

Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people with the flu virus beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.


What Can You Do?

• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay away from people who are sick.
• Stay at home while you are sick.
• Cough and sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
• Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

 

INFO BAR


Further Reading

CDC Cover Your Cough

Stopping the Spread of Germs

This is How Germs Spread


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department
Health Care Services Division
(518) 565-4848    

 ATUPA