Flu is spread via multiple routes including droplets and direct and indirect contact with contaminated surfaces.
The flu virus is easily killed by commonly available cleaning products and detergents.
Freshly prepared detergent and water should be used for all surface cleaning.
Rooms, surfaces and reception areas should be cleaned and the areas thoroughly dried. Damp rather than dry dusting should be performed. Hands should be washed after all cleaning procedures. Hands must still be washed even if gloves are used.
Rubbish bags: If you have to collect or move open bags from litter bins there is no need to take any extra precautions. The risk of infection by contact with tissues or contaminated material is very low, but it is recommended that gloves are used if handling soiled tissues. If gloves are not available, hands should be cleaned promptly after doing this. Gloves do not replace the need for frequent hand washing.
Hands can be cleaned by washing with soap and water (followed by drying) or using alcohol hand-rubs. If hands are visibly dirty, soap and water should be used. Alcohol hand-rubs are good alternatives if water is not available and hands are not visibly dirty.
Hands must be cleaned
Everyone can play their part in helping to reduce the spread of flu. There are two key things to remember:
The risk of becoming infected is effectively reduced by following strict hygiene measures.
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