Protection from Germs

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cold and flu germs can live for up to two hours on surfaces like doorknobs, desks and tables. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some simple yet effective prevention advice in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Germs are microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa that can cause disease. Follow these simple steps to protect yourself and others from infectious germs:

- Clean your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and warm water rubbing vigorously together for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers.

- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away. Wash your hands after you cough or sneeze.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.

- Stay home when you are sick.

- Practice other good health habits - get plenty of sleep, be physically active,

reduce stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

Practicing these simple health habits will help keep you well during the cold and flu season.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.