Basic Hygiene Etiquette

Basic hygiene etiquette can help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Respiratory illnesses are spread by coughing, sneezing, and unclean hands.

To help stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash your hands with soap & water several times a day! Wash for at least 20 seconds (sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice), then air dry your hands, or use a clean towel or unused paper towel.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes or touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then put the used tissue in a waste basket. Do not reuse tissues.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid shaking hands. Greet people with a smile.
  • Maintain “social distance” between strangers or people who you suspect may be ill.
  • If you are ill, stay home! Contact your Primary Care Physician for advice.

For more information, refer to: Monroe County DOH, NYS DOH, CDC