Cover Your Cough Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I cover my cough?Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are spread by:
    • Coughing or sneezing
    • Unclean hands
    • These illnesses spread easily in crowded places where people are in close contact.

Use a wastebasket for used tissuesHow do I stop the spread of germs if I am sick?

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze. Throw the used tissue in a waste basket.
  • If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • After coughing or sneezing, always clean your hands with soap & water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items.

How can I stay healthy?Wash your hands

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible.
  • Get vaccinated! Influenza (flu) and pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccines can prevent some serious respiratory illnesses.

When you are at the clinic or hospital:

Wear a mask
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of the used tissue in the waste basket.
  • Clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • You may also be asked to wear a mask to protect others.

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