Clean Hands and Covering Coughs

Keeping hands clean (hand hygiene) and covering coughs and sneezes (respiratory etiquette) can prevent the spread of germs, including those which cause flu and COVID-19 as well as other illnesses (e.g. gastrointestinal). These actions are important layers of protection against illness causing germs.

Support children as they follow the recommendations listed below.

  • Wash Your Hands Regularly – 15 to 20 seconds with soap and water after going to the bathroom, before eating, sneezing or coughing into our hands
  • Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer – If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-90% alcohol content. Note that hand sanitizer will not work effectively for visibly dirty hands (for example, muddy or covered with food).
  • Sneeze and Cough in the Crook of Your Elbow – Prevent germs from spreading through the air and onto your hands, the two places where they are most easily spread to others. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow. Throw away any tissues. Always clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.

Resources are available and are linked below.



For Further Information

Call the Infectious Disease Program: (807) 625-5900

or toll-free 1-888-294-6630

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