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Droplet Precautions

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

Why are droplet precautions needed?

Droplet precautions prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory viruses such as influenza (flu), pertussis, and pneumonia. The germs are spread when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes. Other people can become infected by breathing in the germs or getting the germs in their eyes.

What do I need to know about droplet precautions?

In a hospital setting, healthcare providers will put a sign outside your room to instruct visitors on precautions to take.

What do I need to know about droplet precautions at home?

When you are able to go home, you must continue to take your medicines as directed. You may be directed to use the precautions you used in the hospital, in addition to the following:


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