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Tip of the Week #5

Handwashing is the best way to stop the spread of colds. Always wash your hands after being with someone who has a cold or influenza.

Tip of the Week #28

Sinusitis is caused by viruses up to 200 times more often than bacteria.  A yellow or green drainage from the nose does not mean you have a bacterial infection!

Tip of the Week #18

The best way to prevent influenza is to get the influenza vaccine. Talk to your doctor or visit your nearest public health clinic.

Tip of the Week #40

If you have influenza (flu), stay home until you are feeling better and avoid going out except to seek medical attention.

Tip of the Week #33

Soaps and detergents lift dirt, grease and germs and allow them to be rinsed away. Soaps have natural fats and oils whereas detergents are synthetic. Use plain soaps and detergents that do not contain antibacterial ingredients.

Tip of the Week #31

Bacteria are complex living organisms that digest nutrients, divide and multiply. Antibiotics work by attacking these life processes. Viruses are much simpler and do not carry out life processes on their own. Because they are simpler, viruses do not have targets that antibiotics can attack. That is why antibiotics work against bacteria, but not against viruses.

Tip of the Week #38

Most respiratory tract infections are caused by viruses. Viral infections can make you just as sick as infections caused by bacteria.

Tip of the Week #34

Select plain cleaning products not antibacterial products. Plain cleaning products remove germs without attacking them and do not lead to antibiotic resistance.

Tip of the Week #21

Sore throats are common with colds and influenza. If a sore throat is part of these illnesses, it is most likely caused by a virus and a throat swab is not needed.

Tip of the Week #27

Most coughs are due to viruses. Antibiotics will not help! Sometimes a cough can be due to pneumonia. If your doctor suspects pneumonia, an X-ray should be taken and antibiotics may be prescribed.