This holiday season, don’t give the gift that keeps on giving!
A visit from a friend or loved one can be just what the doctor ordered for patients in hospital or residential care over the holidays. But the holiday season is also the season for influenza and noro-like viruses, which are easily spread and may have devastating consequences. One way that these illnesses arrive in health care facilities is when they are brought in by visitors.
If you’re planning to visit someone in a health care facility this holiday season, don’t give the gift that keeps on giving! Follow the simple precautions below to reduce transmission of illness.
- Do not visit if you have a cold, cold sores, flu, diarrhea or vomiting.
- Clean your hands upon entering and exiting any health facility and before entering and exiting a patient room.
- Cover your cough or sneeze properly with a tissue or your sleeve, then throw the tissue in the garbage right away and clean your hands.
- Get your flu shot or wear a mask when visiting.
- Do not share food when visiting.
- Always follow special visiting instructions from staff or that are posted. If you have to wear personal protective equipment (PPE – gloves, gown, mask) to visit, remove it before exiting the patient room (except masks, which should be removed immediately upon exiting the room). Do not wear any PPE in other areas of the facility.