Cover Your Cough
Frequently Asked Questions
Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick: Cover Your Cough
These frequently asked questions are available in a three-fold brochure (available in 16 languages), and can downloaded for print Brochure for Health Care or Brochure for the Community.
Why should I cover my cough?
- Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial
virus (RSV), whooping cough and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
are spread by:
- Coughing or sneezing
- Unclean hands
- These illnesses spread easily in crowded places where people are in close contact.
How do I stop the spread of germs if I am sick?
your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze.
Throw the used tissue in a waste basket.
you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
- After coughing or sneezing, always clean your hands with soap &
an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal
How can I stay healthy?
your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible.
- Get vaccinated! Influenza (flu) and pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccines
can prevent some serious respiratory illnesses.
When you are at the clinic or hospital:
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of the used tissue
in the waste basket.
- Clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
may also be asked to wear a mask to protect others.
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