Good cleaning and hygiene practices and some common sense precautions will go far to help prevent the spread of EHEC, 2009 H1N1 flu and other infectious illnesses.
EHEC best practices:
- Wash and disinfect hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly.
- Separate raw and cooked food and wash and disinfect food contact surfaces and equipment used for food processing and preparation.
- Cook food thoroughly.
- Avoid unsafe water.
- Store food at a safe temperature.
H1N1 best practices:
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly.
- Clean surfaces regularly.
- Use a registered disinfectant cleaner on hard surfaces that are touched frequently, such as cafeteria tables, door knobs and door push plates, elevator buttons, light switches, desks, restroom fixtures, telephones and computer keyboards. Viruses can survive on hard surfaces for two hours or longer. Frequently cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces can help reduce the spread of these microorganisms in homes and in community settings such as offices, stores, schools, hotels, restaurants and healthcare facilities.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who appears to be ill, is coughing and/or sneezing, or has a fever.
- Get adequate sleep, eat nutritious food, and stay physically active.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue. Discard the used tissue immediately in the trash and wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Do not cover your mouth with your hands.
- Stay home when you are sick to enable yourself to recuperate and to prevent spreading your illness to others. If you develop complications, or if you have an underlying medical condition, contact your healthcare provider for counsel.