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:
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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