Video: Cough etiquette
If you have the flu, are coughing, sneezing or have a runny nose, here are the basics of cough etiquette to ensure you protect those around you and prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.
- Cover your nose and mouth with disposable single-use tissues.
- Use tissues to contain nose or mouth secretions.
- Dispose of tissues immediately after use.
- If tissues are unavailable, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand.
- Sneezing into your hand transfers germs to any surface you handle, and spreads your flu to other people more quickly.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes and nose.
- Wash your hands ASAP after contact with respiratory secretions.
- Stay home.
- Look after yourself and those around you.
Last Reviewed: 06/08/2018
Video: The common cold
A common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms include a stuffy or runny nose, coughing and sneezing. They are not usually serious and will generally get better by themselves within a few days to a week.
SARS is a highly infectious respiratory viral disease, which presents much like flu (fever, sore throat, dry cough, headache, chills, stiff muscles). Quarantining of patients is the only option, however there have been no reported cases of SARS since 2004.
Swine flu - protecting your family
How to protect yourself and your family from swine flu (influenza H1N1) and other influenza viruses.
Childhood infections: minimising the spread
The 3 most effective ways of stopping the spread of childhood infections are: getting your children vaccinated; keeping them at home when they are sick; and careful hand washing.
Common cold treatments
Nothing will cure a cold, but there are treatments that can help. Rest, fluids, home remedies and medicines can relieve common cold symptoms and should have you feeling better within a few days.