With the recent national outbreak of Enterovirus D68, the seasonal influenza and cases of Ebola in the United States, the Central Connecticut Health District is urging all residents to do their part to maintain health and safety.   Incorporation of these simple, daily hygiene habits can prevent disease and protect you and your family:

Wash Your Hands Often and Don’t Touch Your Face

    1. Touching or rubbing your eyes, nose and mouth is one of the quickest ways to spread germs. Washing hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds will significantly reduce your

chance of catching or spreading germs. A good rule of thumb to teach children is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice in a row. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

    1. When washing your hands, be sure to lather soap well and get in between fingers, under finger nails, the tops of your hands and your palms.
    2. Handwashing is also essential after these activities:  after using the bathroom; after coughing or sneezing; before putting in or removing contact lenses; before using makeup; after changing a diaper; and before eating, serving, or preparing food.
    3. Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces by cleaning with soap, water, and scrubbing to remove dirt and most germs. However, using a disinfectant cleaner kills more germs, giving even better protection.

If You Feel Sick, Stay Home!

  1. The fastest way to spread disease is to leave your house when you feel ill. To avoid the spread of disease, stay home.
  2. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, get lots of rest and only leave when you are well again.


3.  Cover Up Your Coughs and Sneezes

  1. If you are coughing or sneezing, cover up by using the inside of your elbow or a tissue, not your hands.
  2. If you use a tissue, throw it out immediately after use.

Following these simple prevention measures every day can help you and your loved ones from getting sick this season. Additionally, getting a flu shot will make sure you are protected against the seasonal flu. Anyone with questions or concerns about Ebola, Enterovirus D68 or seasonal influenza may contact the Central Connecticut Health District at (860) 721-2822 or online at www.ccthd.org.   For more information about these or other health related topics, please visit the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) website at www.ct.gov/dph.