Wash, Wipe, Cover

Being struck down with a cold, flu, COVID-19 or gastroenteritis is unpleasant and disruptive. Many of these common infectious diseases are spread by germs on our hands.

Reduce your risk

You can reduce the risk of getting sick or passing infections on to others by:

  • washing your hands, particularly after going to the toilet or handling used tissues
  • wiping down frequently touched surfaces
  • covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, or handling food until you have washed your hands. Avoid contact with others if you are sick and if others are sick, keep your distance as much as possible.




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