Oct - 22 - 2020

Essentials for Reducing the Spread of Airborne Diseases

The global pandemic of 2020 has brought airborne diseases to the forefront of many discussions. One positive of this cultural climate is that people are becoming more aware of how illnesses can spread. Here are three essential ways to help reduce the spread of many airborne diseases, such as influenza.

1. Cover Your Face

The easiest way to keep your face covered is by making sure you’re wearing face masks. When the time comes that a face mask is not as common in your everyday usage, if you cough or sneeze, do so into your arm. This is often called the “vampire sneeze,” as it resembles the classic imagery of a vampire holding a cloak to its face.

2. Keep Your Hands Clean

Wash your hands regularly — especially after contact with other people or high-touch areas, such as a door handle. Soap and water aren’t always immediately available, so hand sanitizer is the next best thing. Keep a small container of sanitizer on your keychain, in your bag or in your car. Make sure the sanitizer you use is at least 60% alcohol to properly help fight against viruses.

3. Avoid Sick People

It’s easy to spend time with people when they have a little sniffle or cough. If you want to avoid getting sick, stay away from anyone you know has symptoms of a contagious illness. If you make exceptions to this rule, your re more likely to catch an airborne disease. It’s also important that you have the courtesy to avoid others when you yourself exhibit any symptoms of a contagious illness.

While it’s true that you can still get sick even when you are following proper precautions, you can reduce the risk of both getting sick and spreading diseases to others by following these three simple tips. Airborne illnesses are easy to spread, but they’re much harder to spread when people make conscious choices to reduce their spread.

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