Several simple actions can dramatically reduce your risk of catching (and spreading) an infectious disease. The CDC recommends that you:
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hot soapy water whenever you come back from any public place or have been around anyone who is sick.
- Keep your hands away from your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Stay home when you’re sick, and don’t go out until you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Start practicing these actions with your family today, especially if you have younger children. If you get into these habits now, they’ll be second-nature to you should a pandemic occur, reducing the risk that someone in your family will get sick.