Medical Monday - Prevention and control of infections in the home


Home is where the heart is, so taking steps to reduce the spread of infections and viruses within your home will protect your loved ones. 

Here are some helpful tips and reminders to reduce the spread of germs and maintain a healthy and infection-free home.

·         Clean your hands often with using soap and water.  Antimicrobial soaps may decrease the transmission of microorganisms from the hands. 

·         If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  The alcohol works immediately and effectively to kill bacteria and most viruses.

·         Cover your mouth and nose with the bend of your elbow if sneezing or coughing.   If you use your hands, clean them right away.  Turn away from other people that sneeze or cough. 

·         Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth as viruses can transfer from your hands and into the body. 

·         Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery.

·         Consider wearing a face mask when you are sick and if you expect to be around other people.  Wearing a facemask also protects your nose and mouth from sprays of fluids from some that is coughing or sneezing.

·         Cover any cuts or abrasions with a waterproof dressing to create a barrier to germs.

·         Cleaning floors, walls, and doorknobs with disinfecting products or soap

·         Wear personal protective clothing such as gloves or eye protection.  Click to learn about the various options of gloves available.  


Try to prevent an infection from being transmitted person to person by following the above helpful tips.  The easiest way to prevent the spread of infection is to clean your hands!  Hand hygiene among family members, caregivers and visitors are the key preventions of transmission.  Now go ahead and enjoy the company of your loved ones!

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550 Matheson Blvd. West, Unit 101, Mississauga ON L5R 4B8
Easily accessible by bus route 66 McLaughlin (McLaughlin and Matheson)
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Disclaimer:  The content in this blog is intended for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice for medical conditions.  Please do not stop pain relieving medication without a prior consultation with your doctor.  You should not use this information to diagnose a health problem.  Please consult a qualified healthcare provider.