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Hygiene Etiquette

Hygiene etiquette involves practices that prevent the spread of illness and disease. While it is always important to practice good hygiene etiquette, it is most important when you are sick, especially when you are coughing or sneezing. 

To help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid shaking hands, use other forms of acknowledgement.
  • Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Cleanse your hands frequently by either washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 70% alcohol).
  • Don’t share food, cutlery, cups or water bottles with others – even immediate family.

If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others so you do not spread your germs. Distancing includes staying home from work or school when possible.

Need More Information About Hygiene Etiquette?

Call our Communicable Disease Intake at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 349.

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Alerts:

1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. Phone lines remain open. Phone line hours over the long weekend (April 10 to April 13) are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.