In addition to cleaning your hands, covering your cough and getting your flu vaccine, you should:
Clean surfaces that could transfer germs such as:
- Door knobs.
- Light switches.
This is especially important when someone in the house has a cold.
During an illness
If you have a fever and cough:
- Minimize your contact with others.
- Cough or sneeze in a tissue, dispose of it carefully, then clean your hands either with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Call your doctor or a health service for advice.
If a family member has a fever and cough:
- Don’t share food, towels, toothbrushes or their holders, other items that could transfer germs.
- Remain at least one metre away as much as possible.
- Clean your hands before eating, after coughing or sneezing or after helping your child blow his/her nose.
- Call a doctor or a health service for advice, if needed.
You can speak to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
Adapted from Ottawa-Carlton Health Unit