Taking Everyday Steps to Stop the Spread of Germs

Although the CDC suggests flu vaccination as the most effective form of prevention, there are additional steps that can be taken to protect yourself and others and help stop the spread of germs. 

1. Disinfect & Disinfect Properly

There are many opportunities for people to make mistakes, cut corners, or not use chemicals correctly when disinfecting surfaces. When disinfectants aren’t diluted properly or are not applied according to the label, they are likely ineffective and can create a false confidence that a surface was disinfected. 

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as desks, door knobs and water fountains
  • Consider using an electrostatic sprayer to cover surface areas quickly and effectively (including hard-to-reach spaces and all surfaces of objects) 
  • Utilize a disinfectant with an Influenza Type A kill claim and a fast contact time

2. Practice Proper Hand Hygiene

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. 

  • If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • Germs are spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth

3. Stay Home & Stay Away

The flu virus is spread by droplets created when someone with the virus coughs, sneezes or talks. 

  • Limit contact with others as much as possible if you’re infected 
  • If you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone
  • Avoid close contact with sick people