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Emergency Procedures: Epidemic/Pandemic

DEFINITIONS

  • Epidemic - New cases of a disease, in a given population, that exceed normal expectations
  • Pandemic - Epidemic of infectious disease that is spreading through human populations across a large region (i.e. a continent or worldwide)

MINIMIZING DISEASE TRANSMISSION

  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Wash before eating or drinking, applying makeup, inserting contact lenses
  • Wash after you sneeze or cough
  • Wash after touching frequently touched surfaces (i.e. doorknobs, phones, etc.)
  • Stay home; avoid crowded areas or public gatherings if possible
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Get plenty of rest, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and drink fluids. Avoid tobacco products.
  • Cover all new and existing cuts and grazes with waterproof dressing

PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF DIARRHEAL DISEASES

  • Wash hands regularly with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Sanitizing gels/foams/wipes are an adequate substitute when soap and clean water are not available
  • Maintain a clean living environment
  • Maintain good personal hygiene, including:
    • Follow good hygienic practices when preparing food
    • Do not share eating utensils or drinking containers
    • Do not share items such as toothbrushes or towels
  • Disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently (i.e. doorknobs, phones, computers, etc.)
    • Wipe surfaces with a disinfectant such as diluted household bleach

PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF RESPIRATORY DISEASES

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Sanitizing gels/foams/wipes are an adequate substitute when soap and clean water are not available
  • Cover your cough and sneeze
    • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm
    • If you use a tissue, immediately place the used tissue in a waste basket
  • Disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently (i.e. doorknobs, phones, computers, etc.)
    • Wipe surfaces with a disinfectant such as diluted household bleach

SUPPLY RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizing gel/foam/wipes
  • Disposable gloves to wear while disinfecting areas or attending to someone who is sick
  • Aspirin, acetaminophen or other analgesics
  • Disposable masks (for your protection, as well as others’)

HAND WASHING

When washing hands with soap and water:

  • Wet your hands with clean, warm, running water and apply soap
  • Rub hands together to make later and scrub all surfaces
  • Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds (imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice)
  • Rinse hands well under running water
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer
    • If possible, use the paper towel to turn off the faucet

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before preparing or eating food
  • After going to the bathroom
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
  • Before and after attending to someone who is sick
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling an animal or animal waste
  • After handling garbage
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

DISINFECTING

  • Diluted household bleach (1/4 cup of bleach to a gallon of clean water) may be substituted if disinfectants are not available
  • Use only unscented products
 
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