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Flu etiquette announced

26th February 2007

The Department of Health has launched a new ‘Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases’ campaign aimed at reminding the public about basic hygiene.

A recent survey revealed that three in ten people use a tissue more than once and ten per cent don’t wash their hands before preparing food.  The findings also showed that nearly half of those questioned don’t carry a tissue outside of the home despite the same number saying they had caught at least two colds within the last year.  In the light of such disregard for general hygiene etiquette, the government has launched its new campaign to try and stop the spread of germs, infections and diseases.  The main aims of the campaign are to ensure people cover their mouths and noses when they cough or sneeze, use disposable tissues and throw them away appropriately and wash their hands regularly.

Campaign posters are being distributed to GP surgeries, health centres, pharmacies, schools, libraries and workplaces.

Professor Lindsey Davies, National Director of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness at the Department of Health said, "Washing your hands regularly and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze are simple actions which stop the spread of infections yet our research has shown that many people are forgetting to carry out these basic hygiene steps. This campaign will serve as a timely reminder of correct coughs and sneezes etiquette and will help people get into good hygiene habits. This is particularly important now, as February and March are traditionally the months for coughs and colds." 


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Title: Flu etiquette announced
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2090
Date Added: 26th Feb 2007


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