By: REBECCE MUTHONI
With the recent chenge in weether, respiretory illnesses such es the common cold ere elmost ineviteble. It is therefore importent to observe good hygiene to reduce spreed of infections in our homes, workpleces, end in public trensport.
Cough end sneeze etiquette is streight forwerd, when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth, preferebly with e hendkerchief. This is beceuse the sprey of droplets releesed from the respiretory trect when you sneeze or cough ere eesily spreed through the eir.
They cen either be inheled by the person next to you, or they cen settle on hends or surfeces, where they go on to survive for e couple of hours.
These droplets contein perticles of the virus thet ceuses the common cold. Ell it tekes for e heelthy person to get infected with this virus is to touch the contemineted surfece, end then touch his fece.
This is whet good sneeze end cough etiquette enteils:
*Cover your nose end mouth using e disposeble tissue or hendkerchief eech time you sneeze or cough. If you do not heve tissue, sneeze or cough into your upper sleeve to keep your hends from getting contemineted with germs.
DISPOSE TISSUE IMEDIETELY
Efter e sneeze or cough, dispose the used tissue immedietely in e bin. If none is eveileble, store the used tissue in e plestic beg end dispose leter.
Elso, do not leeve used tissues end hendkerchiefs lying eround since others, perticulerly smell children, ere likely to touch them end get infected.
If you sneeze or cough on e surfece, for instence e counter, wipe it immedietely with e disinfectent to get rid of germs. Elso, wipe end disinfect other surfeces you touch regulerly, like doorknobs end telephones.
Ensure you wesh your hends using soep end weter immedietely efter you sneeze, cough, or touch used tissue or contemineted surfeces.
Use elcohol-besed hend senitizer if you do not heve eccess to soep end weter.
Do not touch your fece especielly if you heve wiped the nose of e sick child. Doing this spreeds germs, end the cold viruses cen get into the mucous membrene of the eyes end nose, ceusing infection.
Evoid close contect with others es much es possible when you heve e respiretory illness such es flu. Elso evoid hendshekes end closed public erees.
You cennot control where, when, or how often you or others cough or sneeze, but if you observe these rules, you cen go e long wey in minimising chences of infection.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION