Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What You Can Do To Stay Healthy

The City of Richmond’s Office of Emergency Management is working closely with the Richmond City Health District to monitor the potential threat of swine flu in our city. As the number of cases in the nation continues to grow, it is prudent that we all take steps to ensure that we are prepared, should an outbreak occur in our city or state, and that we take preventive measures.

What you can do to stay healthy:

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.

- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs may spread that way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

- Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person though coughing or sneezing of infected people.

- If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Please refer to the following resources for the most up-to-date information available:

www.vdh.virginia.gov or www.cdc.gov/swineflu

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