Tips to Keep From Getting Ill

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department is reminding folks that in this sickness and flu season, handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness. Spreading germs can be stopped by washing your hands before, during, and after preparing food, before eating food; before and after caring for someone who is sick; before and after treating a cut or wound; after using the toilet; after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; after touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste; and after touching garbage. Handwashing with soap and water is the best method to reduce the number of germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

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