Monday, November 16, 2009

How to Prevent Illness from the H1N1 Virus

The following are some simple steps you can take to decrease the chances of spreading the H1N1 virus that may cause illness:

* try to minimize contact with people that are sick
* cover your nose and mouth with tissue when sneezing or coughing (don’t re-use tissues; throw away after one use)
* avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
* frequently wash hands with warm water and soap (wash for at least 20 seconds and concentrate on nail beds, knuckles, wrists and the back of the hands)
* use hand sanitizers when soap and water is not available. In a September 22, 2009 broadcast of the Minnesota Public Radio's Mid-Morning show, Dr. Jim Turner of the University of Virginia and President of the American College Health Association stated that overall H1N1 infections decrease as more people within a community use hand sanitizers as part of their hand hygiene regiment, particularly when hand washing is not an option.

Read further about how to prevent illness from the H1N1 virus.

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