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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
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, caregivers will put a sign outside your room to instruct visitors on precautions to take.
- All people will put on masks as they come into your room and clean their hands before they leave.
- You will need to put on a mask if you have to leave your room. Do not to get too close to others. Germs can spread up to 3 feet away from you.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash right away.
- Clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol gel often. This is especially important after you cough or sneeze.
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