While a new type of illness can be scary, community members can protect themselves by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for preventing respiratory illnesses. These include:
*Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. And, always wash your hands with soap and water if they are visibly dirty.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
*Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and put it in the trash immediately.
*Stay home when you’re sick.
*Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
*Get the influenza vaccine.