Cold and Flu Season is Here, Make prevention part of your daily routine
But there are simple solutions to protect against and reduce the risk of infection:
- Cover your mouth or nose with the inside of your arm or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash hands frequently.
Respiratory viruses can be transmitted directly when a person coughs or sneezes; the droplets can be suspended in air and end up on someone else. “We teach children to cover their mouth or nose with the inside of their sleeve near their elbow,” says Dr. Quach. “There’s less risk of this area coming in contact with someone else and infecting them.”
Dr. Quach strongly recommends, above all, washing hands frequently throughout the day. And it’s equally important to get children to develop this habit too, particularly after going to the washroom, before and after meals, and after coughing or sneezing. You should wash hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds and scrub every part of the hand. Antiseptic gels can be used when you don’t have soap and water but it’s not recommended to use an alcohol-based formula on children.