How a virus is spread?
- By direct contact with infected humans
- By contact with contaminated objects like toys and doorknobs.
- By inhaling of virus-laden droplets. These droplets come from an infected people when speaking, sneezing and coughing. While some of the larger droplets fall to the ground, many of the micro-droplets remain suspended in the air for very long periods.
Transmission can be reduced by covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Covering with your hands is ok, however coughing or sneezing into the crook of your elbow is considered better with a greater reduction of transmission. And of course the droplets don’t go straight onto your hands.
Transmission is also reduced by washing your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based cleaners. Washing your hands reduces the chance of a virus that you have picked up on your hands being transferred to your face, as we do touch our faces so often. Washing your hands interrupts this cycle. The tip is to wash your hands frequently.
Stay protected this cold season with these handy tips!