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Remember to Catch it Bin it Kill it 

With a number of winter illnesses still circulating, people in Worcestershire are being reminded of a simple message to protect themselves and others from the spread of infection.

Anyone who is sneezing or coughing is encouraged to follow this advice to avoid passing on their germs to others:

  • Catch it – Always carry tissues and use them to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Bin it – Dispose of used tissues as soon as possible.
  • Kill it – Clean your hands with soap and water as soon as you can and make sure you wash them frequently. 

Winter months see the spread of colds, flu and norovirus (sickness and diarrhea) through touching surfaces as we go about our daily business, and then touching our mouths or food that we eat.

Ensuring that you’re reducing the spread of infection is particularly important when visiting friends or relatives in hospital; the elderly at their home or when you’re around very young children.

Dr Carl Ellson, Strategic Clinical Lead for the three Worcestershire CCGs said: “Cold and flu germs can live on some surfaces for hours, meaning they can be easily transmitted. Just a few simple steps can help prevent the viruses from spreading.

“Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, put the tissue in the bin – don’t save it to reuse - and clean your hands as quickly as possible.

“Following these simple steps makes a huge difference in the fight against common colds, and the more serious flu virus. It’s such an easy thing to do but it will help you and your family stay safe and well.”

Parents are also reminded to make sure little ones are taught how to clean their hands properly, particularly if they’re around friends or relatives that are ill. 

The best way to wash hands is with soap and warm water, paying attention to fingers, thumbs, under nails and wrists. Drying hands properly is just as important, as damp hands can harbor germs.

For more information about winter illness, visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

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