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Public Reminded to Wash Hands Regularly, Practice Cough Manners

01-Jan-2014

Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) reminds the public of the importance of regularly washing their hands and practicing good cough manners.

While there are no confirmed cases of human swine influenza (H1N1) in Saskatchewan, the public should keep in mind that the best way to reduce the likelihood of spreading or contracting any virus, including influenza, is to wash hands regularly and to practice good cough manners.

Following are some tips to help reduce the chances of catching influenza, or passing it on to others if you are infected:

  • Practice good cough manners by using disposable tissues when sneezing. Remember to throw the used tissues into the garbage.
  • If a tissue isn't immediately available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often and especially:
    • after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose;
    • after being in contact with someone who has influenza;
    • before preparing or eating meals;
    • after using the washroom;
    • after coming home from the office, school, mall or any public place.
  • Do not visit people who have influenza if you can avoid it.
  • Stay at home if you are sick with influenza.
  • Clean bathroom and kitchen counters, and taps, more frequently.
  • Wash your hands before rubbing your eyes or touching your nose and mouth.
  • Do not share forks, spoons or knives.

If you are planning to visit friends or family in a health care facility, please remember:

  • Use the hand sanitizing stations located at the entrances to health-care facilities when you arrive and leave facilities.
  • Use the hand sanitizing stations at the entrances to nursing units when you arrive and leave units.
  • If you are suffering symptoms of influenza, do not visit friends or family in health-care facilities.

If you are suffering symptoms of influenza, please contact your family physician or medical clinic and provide a detailed explanation of your symptoms, where you have travelled and with whom you may have been in contact. Use Emergency Departments only if symptoms are severe.

Symptoms of the human swine influenza are similar to seasonal human influenza, and include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of appetite
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat

Health advice and information are available by calling HealthLine at Dial 811.