Protect Yourself from Illness
Illnesses 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: http://www.cdc.gov