What strategies can we all use to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as the flu?

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  • Distance yourself from others, including staying in groups of fewer than 10 people at once. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, and keep sick children home as well.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze, then immediately discard any tissues.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
  • Plan for if/when community spread occurs.