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Published on May 15, 2014

Protect Yourself from Illness

Man blowing his noseIllnesses linked to newly identified organisms continue to emerge as a threat both in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, a new virus, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was identified in the U.S.

To protect yourself and others from illness, the CDC recommends following these universal precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use  an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.

Visit the CDC website to learn more: