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Preventing Transmission of Viruses and Bacteria

Certain viruses and bacteria are transmitted through close contact between people. Several situations increase such contacts, including the following:

  • Living or working with other people
  • Giving care to a person
  • Frequenting public areas

There are certain measures you can take in order to prevent the transmission of viruses and bacteria.

Measures to Take

Get Vaccinated

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and others. When a vaccine against an infection or a disease is available, get it.

Apply Recognised Hygiene Measures

  • Always keep your hands clean. Follow tips and techniques for washing hands
  • Follow tips for Coughing and Sneezing Without Contaminating
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth. These are entry points for viruses and bacteria
  • Avoid contact with people that are sick as they may be contagious. Do not get close to them and do not touch objects they have used, like their utensils for instance
  • Clean your surroundings regularly, as well as the sanitary appliances you use. For example, clean your counters and other surfaces that you touch often with your hands. Also wash toilets and sinks in order to keep them clean. Cleaning is very effective in killing viruses, which can survive on hard surfaces.
  • Clean with soap and water or use domestic detergents

Last update: October 31, 2014 7:58 AM

The information on this website by no means replaces the advice of a health professional. If you have questions regarding your health, contact Info-Santé 8-1-1 or see a health professional.

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