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Georgia Department of Public Health; Respiratory Illness


The Georgia Department of Public Health recommends that schools and universities increase
education about respiratory hygiene. Students, faculty, and staff should follow these steps that
prevent the transmission of respiratory infections:

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after
    coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not
  • Stay home if you’re sick, especially with a fever.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Additional preventive measures include:

  • If you had a fever, do not go to work or attend class until you are fever free for 24 hours
    without fever reducing medication.
  • Provide adequate supplies, including clean and functional handwashing stations, soap,
    paper towels, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Encourage routine surface cleaning through education, policy and the provision of
  • Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected!