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Infectious Disease

Practice good hygiene

Wash your hands

Every single day, keep washing those hands! Do it often and do it well. Wash your hands any time you touch things others might have touched. Take 20 seconds and wash thoroughly with soap and warm water. And remember: don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

What you can do

Wash your paws

Sure, you know how to wash your hands. We were all taught the basics as toddlers: hands + soap + warm water + friction x 20 seconds = clean hands!  But do you know how often you should wash them if you want to avoid catching COVID-19 or ANY contagious illness like the flu?

How often is often enough? The answer: Very often!! 

  • Entering a building? Wash your hands!
  • In the elevator or stairwell touching buttons and railings others have touched? Suds up!
  • About to eat a meal or snack? Wash those hands!!
  • Use the restroom? Scrub your hands!
  • After you cough, sneeze or blow your nose? Time to wash those hands (and throw that tissue away)!
  • No soap or water? Use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.

You get the idea.

Wash your hands any time you touch things others might have touched. And don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Use the handwashing basics you’ve known all your life and practice them often as we fight the spread of this new coronavirus and other illnesses. Your health will thank you.

Handwashing and disinfection without running water

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has provided disinfection and hygiene guidance for homes without running water.

If you use a handwashing basin, make sure the water in the basin is changed regularly during the day. Having two basins is best – one for soapy wash water and one for clean rinse water (consider adding a small amount of bleach to rinse water, so germs don’t grow). For more information, visit YKHC’s COVID-19 disinfection without running water webpage.

Posters to print or share

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Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue you throw away after use or use the inside of your elbow if you don’t have a tissue handy.

Don't touch your face

You've heard it a lot by now - don't touch your face! You might find it harder than you think but keep trying. While we're all still working to break that habit, don't forget about those everyday items that touch our faces, such as our cell phones.


 Handwashing: CDC syndicated content


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