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    Protecting yourself against Respiratory Tract Infections

    Protecting yourself against Respiratory Tract Infections


    As a precautionary measure members of the public are advised to take the following actions :

    • Build up good body immunity. This means taking a proper diet, having regular exercise and adequate rest, reducing stress and avoiding smoking
    • Maintain good personal hygiene. Cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
    • Keep hands clean and wash hands properly. Use liquid soap for hand washing and disposable towel for drying hands
    • Wash hands when they are dirtied by respiratory secretions e.g. after sneezing
    • Do not share towels
    • Keep home environment clean, and cleanse furniture properly
    • Maintain good indoor ventilation
    • Avoid visiting crowded places with poor ventilation
    • Consult your doctor promptly if you develop respiratory symptoms


    Caring for sick family members with respiratory tract infections :

    • Persons who are unwell should consult a doctor
    • They should follow instructions given by the doctor including the use of drugs as prescribed and taking adequate rest as appropriate
    • Adhere to good personal hygiene practices
    • Patients should put on masks to reduce the chance of spread of infection to caretakers
    • Caretakers may also put on masks to reduce the chance of acquiring infection through the airways





    HK Department of Health
    17 March 2003
    Last edited by rani; 03-18-2003 at 05:24 PM.
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