Stopping the Spread of Germs at Home, Work & School

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Good Health Habits

Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

  • Clean Hands Saves Lives!
    Tips on hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Wash Your Hands Often
    Fact sheet and video clip from “An Ounce of Prevention Keeps the Germs Away”
  • Take Action Clean Hands CampaignExternal Web Site Icon
    Facts and survey results, educational materials From American Society for Microbiology
  • Consumer Advice: Clean: HandwashingExternal Web Site Icon
    Links to lots of educational materials, including those for schoolchildren. From www.foodsafety.govExternal Web Site Icon
  • It’s a SNAP Toolkit: HandwashingExternal Web Site Icon
    Handwashing materials. Part of It’s A SNAP program aimed at preventing school absenteeism. From the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Soap and Detergent Association
  • HandwashingExternal Web Site Icon
    Brief facts and quiz questions. From “Food Safety A to Z Reference Guide” part of middle school food safety science program produced by the FDA and the National Science Teachers Association

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Stop the Spread of Germs

Healthy habits can protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs at home, work, or school.

At School

At Work

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