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Infection Control

Colds: Prevent with knowledge

March 21, 2012
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WESTERVILLE, OH — Washing your hands with soap and water and keeping your home or building clean may be among the best ways to prevent colds, according to a press release.

This is the overarching theme of the book, Infection Prevention For Dummies, available free (plus a $4.50 fee for shipping and handling) from the non-profit IEHA (formerly the International Executive Housekeepers Association), the release stated.

"While cleanliness may be next to godliness, it''s also very closely related to disinfection. In fact, cleaning can avert the need to disinfect in some situations because clean and dry surfaces can''t harbor microbial growth for very long," said Darrell Hicks, past president of the IEHA and Registered Executive Housekeeper (REH).

"The guiding principle is always to remove germs if possible rather than kill them, and then, when necessary, use the least amount of the mildest product that will do the job, because stronger often means more toxic to people," Hicks added.

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), there are several ways you can keep yourself from getting a cold or passing one on to others:

• Because cold viruses on your hands can easily enter through your eyes and nose, wash your hands often and keep your hands away from those areas of your body
• If possible, avoid being close to people who have colds
• If you have a cold, avoid being close to people
• When you sneeze or cough, cover your nose or mouth and sneeze or cough into your elbow rather than your hand.

Click here to read the complete release.

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