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Wash, wipe, cover: prevent colds and flu

31 May 2021

We’ve probably never been more aware of good hygiene. The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged us to stay home when sick, cover coughs and wash our hands more often.

But sometimes complacency creeps in. Good hygiene is also important, however, to prevent cold and flu as we enter winter.

The viruses that cause colds and flu are in the nose, throat and lungs of people infected with them. These can be spread by fine droplets when sneezing or coughing.

How to reduce the spread of respiratory infections:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, use your upper arm or sleeve.
  • Keep surfaces clean.
  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your distance from others.

It’s important for educators and teachers to follow these tips and to encourage children in their care to do the same.

For more information:

‘Wash, wipe, cover tips’, SA Health