Protect Yourself During Outbreaks

Whether it is flu season or an outbreak of a virus like COVID-19, these simple tips can help you protect yourself and others.

Ways to Protect Yourself & Stay Healthy

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WASH YOUR HANDS

This is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs. Hand washing can prevent about 30% of diarrhea-related sicknesses and about 20% of respiratory infections (CDC.gov). Make sure you get your hands clean - follow the Hand Washing Steps below. Washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best, but hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is fine if your hands are not visibly dirty.
How to REALLY Wash Your Hands
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CLEAN YOUR PHONE! (AND OTHER ITEMS, TOO)

Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces – like your phone, doorknobs, your car's steering wheel, sinks, counters, remotes, keyboards, your desk, etc. - with household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipes. You may not think it's dirty, but those sneaky germs are invisible.
Simple ways to clean your phone.
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DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE

We do it all the time. Rub our eyes. Scratch our nose. Maybe adjust our lipstick. But without washing your hands first, germs from the things we touch will go right into our mouths, eyes, and nose. Once in our mouths, eyes, or nose, those germs infect us and get us sick.
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WEAR A FACE MASK

Wearing a face mask is one way to ensure you and others reduce the spread of the virus.
Learn how to use a face mask properly.
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GET THE SEASONAL FLU SHOT

If you haven't already, DO get the flu shot. The flu shot won't protect you from COVID-19, but it will help to protect you from the flu which can weaken your immune system and make it easier for you to catch other viruses. Having a strong immune system is added protection. And, each year, different flu strains emerge so get your flu shot every year!
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PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING

You may not have a choice if your co-worker is sitting right next to you coughing and sneezing. But, do your best to avoid close contact with a person who is sick. Close contact is about 6 feet or less. Urge your coworkers to stay home from work when sick. The same advice goes for you, too.
How Far is 6 Feet?? Here's a Little Chart.