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What can you do to help prevent the spread of infectious pathogens? Whether it’s a virus like coronavirus and influenza, bacterial like food poisoning, gastritis, and pneumonia, or fungal like athlete’s foot, mold exposure, or ringworm, everyday precautions should be used to minimize the spread of infection. In most cases, you will not know if someone has a certain infection or how contagious it is for others. Assume most surfaces are contaminated and use everyday health precautions like hand hygiene and surface disinfection is strongly recommended to avoid spreading the germs and getting sick.

Hand Hygiene

I can’t say enough about hand hygiene. I can assure you that proper hand hygiene is the single most effective and least expensive method to help prevent infections. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially if your hands are visibly dirty. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer works well as long as it contains at least 60% alcohol. It’s important to let the gel dry on your hands and not wash or wipe it off. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with dirty hands.

Avoid Touching Public Surfaces

If you think about how many people push an elevator button or hold a handrail in a given day, you can count on someone not having clean hands! Whether they just sneezed into their hands or scratched a fungal sore on their arm, those surfaces are now dirty. If possible, avoid touching these with your hands, and if you can’t, don’t touch your face, and clean your hands as soon as possible. If the surfaces are shared workspaces, door knobs, etc, consider wiping the area you will be using with a disinfectant wipe and letting the surface dry before touching. Telephones – disinfect the telephones often.

Choose the proper disinfectant spray or wipe that will kill the specific or general contaminants. Read the label and follow the instructions to know how long to leave the surface wet. The products in the disinfectant wipe or spray need to be left wet on the surface to be effective. If you spray and immediately wipe the surface, you’re only cleaning and not disinfecting.

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