The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge all individuals to observe “respiratory etiquette” to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, influenza (flu), colds and pneumonia.
The principles of respiratory etiquette are simple:
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Do this either with a tissue or your inner elbow.
- Wash your hands frequently. This is the single most important thing you can do to stop the spread of disease.
- In a hospital or medical setting, masks should be worn by anyone who has symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, fever). If you are in a waiting room and have these symptoms, please ask for a mask to wear so that others will not get sick.