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Catch it, bin it, kill it

The 'catch it, bin it, kill it' campaign aims to raise awareness of the need for good respiratory hygiene and to encourage correct coughing and sneezing etiquette. 

Most of us will catch a cold at some point during the winter months, leaving us with a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and a cough.  No one enjoys having a cold, which is why GPs are asking people who have a cold to take steps to avoid passing the virus to someone else.

Did you know? A sneeze can travel the length of a bus!


Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, disposing of the tissue as soon as possible and cleaning your hands as soon you can are important actions that can help prevent the spread of germs.

Disposing of tissues correctly and washing hands can help prevent the spread of the common cold and the more serious flu virus.  The messages of CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT are simple:  

Help stop germs spreading

CATCH IT - Germs spread easily.  Always carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.  

BIN IT - Germs can live for several hours on tissues.  Dispose of them as soon as possible  

KILL IT - Hands can transfer germs to any surface you touch.  Clean your hands as soon as you can.

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