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
|Fever||Rare||Fever Rare Characteristics, high (102-
104°); lasts 3-4 days
|General Aches, Pains||Slight||Usual; often severe|
|Fatigue, Weakness||Quite mild||Can last up to 2-3 weeks|
|Extreme Exhaustion||Never||Early and prominent|
|Chest Discomfort, Cough||Mild to moderate; hacking cough||Common; can become severe|
|Complications||Sinus congestion or earache||Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening|
|Prevention||None||Annual vaccination; oseltamivir (antiviral drugs)|
|Treatment||Only temporary relief of symptoms||Oseltamivir within 24-48 hours after onset of symptoms|
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