Coronavirus is no laughing matter. There are many thousands of confirmed cases globally and some have even resulted in death. Important to remember, however, is that it’s not the only contagious airborne pathogen that can cause chronic health problems.
Thankfully, South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center is here to give you some essential hygiene tips to prevent the transmission of infections and illnesses, sinus or otherwise.
Wash Your Hands
This is arguably the number one tip for stopping the spread of germs and illnesses, and it bears repeating because according to the CDC, nearly 80 percent of infectious diseases are spread via touch. Thus, always wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, coughing, or after touching used tissues or handkerchiefs. Remember to wash your hands before eating or preparing food. When doing so, be sure to use warm water and soap. If these are not available, you can use an alcohol-based sanitizer gel, which is often sold in small, portable bottles.
Cover Your Mouth And Nose
Beyond displaying a lack of manners, failure to cover your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze can expose individuals to whatever germs you may be carrying. It’s best to cough or sneeze into a tissue that you can dispose of later, but if one is not available, using a handkerchief or article of your clothing is preferred to nothing at all.
Stay At Home If You Are Sick
While this tip should go without saying, it seems like each and every year we hear about illnesses spreading due to someone showing up to school or work while highly contagious. This is a big red flag. If you are feeling under the weather, regardless of what the underlying causes might be or your responsibilities for the day, it is crucial that you remain home and away from others that could potentially catch what you have.
Don’t Travel and Keep Your Surroundings Clean
On the same note, when you are sick, traveling should be off the table. Whether you are planning to drive, fly, take a train, or use any other form of mass transit, choosing to travel while contagious is a huge risk and should be avoided at all costs.
Disinfecting your surroundings and frequently handled surfaces such as door handles, countertops, and faucets can do a lot to prevent illness from spreading.
Find Sinus and Allergy Relief at South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center
If you’re suffering from a contagious illness, then stay home and rest. If you’re suffering from sinus issues, then consider a trip to South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center. With nearly three decades of experience, Dr. Mandel has helped thousands of patients with chronic sinus issues and infections breathe and live easier. Request an appointment online or call 954-983-1211 today to learn how Dr. Mandel can do the same for you.