• Roy Whitney

8 tips to help avoid spreading viruses

1. Stay home if you are sick

Avoiding close contact with others while feeling ill or have the flu can be one of the biggest impacts you can make against spreading viruses. Stay home from school or work & avoid heading out to public places whenever possible. If you need something ask a friend, family member or caregiver to bring what you need.

2. Sharing is not always caring,

Do not share eating utensils, glassware, towels or other personal items.

3. Proper coughing and sneezing etiquette

Sneeze and cough into a tissue. If no tissue is available cough into your elbow and try to avoid hand contact with your face.

Washing your hands properly can help prevent the spread of viruses

4. Wash your hands

After coughing or sneezing wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

a. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) b. Soap up by lathering soap on the back and front of your hands, including between your fingers and under your nails for at least 30 seconds. (Need a timer? Singing Happy Birthday from beginning to end twice makes a great timer)

c. Rinse your hands well under clean running water

d. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

5. Hand Sanitizer

Carry hand sanitizer and tissues with you when heading out and soap and water are not available.

7. Maintain a clean home

Maintaining a clean and healthy living environment can help with the overall health of any person however this can be especially true with seniors or persons with breathing difficulties. If you find that you are not able to keep up with day to day cleaning ask a family member or friend to help.

8. Ask for help

Having someone around to help while you are sick can make a difference with speeding up your recovery. It also gives you the opportunity to get much-needed rest, which is one of the best prescriptions you can have when having flu-like symptoms.

From covering for family caregivers with respite care to personal support & homemaking help for seniors and persons with disabilities

Lions Gate Home Care is your premier choice in healthcare. We will be there when and where you need us most. For more information feel free to call our 24/7 care line at (604) 980-6350.

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