Annie Hildebrand, RN Education Coordinator writes…

Cold and flue season is fast approaching. I wanted to share a few tips on how to decrease the spread of cold and flue viruses, as well as what steps we take at Good Samaritan Home to prevent the spread of these seasonal illnesses. Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease. It is a virus that is transmitted through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. The virus may also be transmitted by touching surfaces contaminated with influenza virus and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Basic respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette are essential in preventing the spread of the virus. You should cough or sneeze into your arm or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Wash your hands often to lessen the chance of the virus being spread to others. Alcohol based hand gels or foam can also be effective, if you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water. If you do become ill, you should limit your contact with others for 24 hours after your fever is gone, without the use of fever reducing medications like Tylenol. You should contact your physician if your symptoms are severe. Seek medical treatment if you have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in your chest, sudden dizziness, or confusion.

There are face masks, tissues, and hand gels located throughout the building. Visitors, staff, and residents are encouraged to use these items and to wash their hands frequently. Please do not visit if you are ill. By following these simple guidelines, we can all do our part to keep our resident sand ourselves healthy.

Good Samaritan Home of Quincy

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