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Ways to Prevent Infection in the Home

You can do these things to help reduce the chances of yourself or your family getting an infection from a virus or bacteria.

Hands being washed at a sinkWash Your Hands

  • Before, during, and after you prepare food.
  • Before you eat and after you use the bathroom.
  • After handling animals or animal waste.
  • When your hands are dirty.
  • More often when someone in your home is sick.

Clean and Disinfect

  • Cleaning by scrubbing with soap and warm water removes dirt and most germs.Gloved hand using a scrub brush
  • Disinfecting using household disinfectants such as bleach solution kills additional germs on surfaces and provides extra 
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  • Kitchens and bathrooms are the most likely breeding grounds for bacteria.

Handle Food Safely

  • You can help prevent foodborne illness in your home by handling food safely.
  • Most foodborne illness is caused by bacteria.
  • Food contaminated by bacteria may look, smell, and taste normal even when it’s not safe.

Get Immunized

  • Every Ontario resident should be up-to-date on their immunizations.

Don’t Over-Use Antibiotics

  • You don’t need an antibiotic every time you’re sick.
  • Antibiotics don’t kill viruses like colds and the flu; they only kill bacteria that cause illnesses like strep throat.

Dog and catKeep Pets Healthy

  • Pets can pass bacteria to people through their faeces and urine.
  • These bacteria can cause illnesses that make people very sick.

Stay Away From Wild Animals

  • Wild and stray animals can carry diseases that are harmful to you and your pets.

If you need more information about infection control in facilities, you can speak to our infection control practitioner 519-258-2146 ext. 1422.