Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.

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 four 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?

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze.
    Throw the used tissue in a waste basket. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.

  • If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.


  • After coughing or sneezing, always clean your hands with soap & water or
    an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items.

How can I stay healthy?

  • clean your hands with soap and water.Clean 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:

  • throw used tissue in the waste basket. 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.

  • You may be asked to wear a mask to protect others.You may also be asked to wear a mask to protect others.

 

 

 

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Updated Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:41AM