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Offered by: Joseph Smith, MD – Premier Pediatrics

The 2019-2020 respiratory season has been a heavy season for respiratory illness. Influenza cases were the highest in 10 years and influenza continues in the community. RSV, human metapneumovirus, adenovirus, rhinovirus, and parainfluenza have also made a strong showing this year. And now COVID-19 has made its entrance. What are the best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory illness? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following measures:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, including under the fingernails. Handwashing is important while preparing food and before eating food. Also, hands should be washed after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching the face without first washing your hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue, and then wash your hands. Alternatively, you can cough into your elbow (but avoid coughing into your hands).
  • Do not share personal household items including dishes, cups, glasses, bedding, or towels.
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces at least daily with disinfectant.
  • Be familiar with the CDC recommendations in the ever-changing respiratory environment in which we live.

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