Ways you can reduce or slow the spread of infections include:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Stay home if you are sick (so you do not spread the illness to other people).
- Use a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand. Turn away from other people.
- Use single-use tissues. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
- Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using tissues.
- If working with children, have them play with hard surface toys that can be easily cleaned.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth (viruses can transfer from your hands and into the body).
- Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery.
What can a workplace do?
Workplaces can help by having an infection control plan which includes:
- Having an infection control plan.
- Providing clean hand washing facilities.
- Offering alcohol-based hand sanitizers when regular facilities are not available (or to people on the road).
- Providing boxes of tissues and encourage their use.
- Reminding staff to not share cups, glasses, dishes and cutlery. Be sure dishes are washed in soap and water after use.
- Removing magazines and papers from waiting areas or common rooms (such as tea rooms and kitchens).
- Considering cleaning a person's workstation or other areas where they have been if a person has suspected or identified with an infection.
- Makng sure ventilation systems are working properly.
- Special handling of linen or waste contaminated with secretions from persons thought to be or who are sick is not required.
For any addition details contact the Helpline in Malta 111