Communicable Diseases: Clean Hands Are Happy Hands

What is a communicable disease?

A communicable disease is any infectious agent that can be spread from person-to-person or from animal-to-person. These diseases often occur as airborne viruses or bacteria; however, they can be spread through blood or other bodily fluids.

What actions can I take to avoid being infected by a communicable disease?

To reduce your chances of being infected by a communicable disease, it important to take advantage of opportunities to receive vaccinations which will help your body guard against a particular infections disease (Ex: Flu).

Another method that is extremely effective is to wash your hands often. You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and while washing rub your hands vigorously together. Make sure to scrub surfaces under nails and between fingers. You should wash your hands after or before the following situations:

  • Before preparing, cooking, and eating food
  • After using the restroom
  • After blowing your nose
  • After touching or handling animals
  • Frequently when someone is sick in your house or in your office
T-Zone illustration by DrZoom https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-Zone#/media/File:FaceTZone.jpg
T-Zone illustration by DrZoom https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-Zone#/media/File:FaceTZone.jpg

After washing your hands, you will want to avoid touching your T- Zone which includes:

  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Mouth

Here are some other tips for staying healthy and reducing your odds from contracting a communicable disease:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Be physically active
  • Manage stress levels
  • Drink plenty of water

Also, if you are sick, do NOT come in to work or school as it will result in the zombie apocalypse. Instead, use your sick leave (Employee), or let your professor/instructor know you will be out sick (Student).

For more information about communicable disease and prevention please go to the following websites:

Page last updated 2:25 PM, September 14, 2015