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Tip of the Week #39

Bacterial infections are less common than viral infections and don’t spread as easily from one person to another.

Tip of the Week #35

Disinfectants will kill 99.9% of germs on hard, smooth surfaces. They must be used at the right concentration and for the right amount of time to be effective. Disinfectants are not intended for use on the skin.

Tip of the Week #20

Most sore throats are due to viruses. A doctor cannot tell, just by looking, whether a sore throat is due to a virus or to Streptococcus bacteria (Strep throat). A throat swab is the only way to know if antibiotics might help.

Tip of the Week #23

Because of the risks associated with antibiotic resistance, children should not receive antibiotics to prevent ear infections.

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 #16

Salt-water nose drops are the best treatment for babies with nasal congestion caused by a cold. You can make your own or buy them at the store.

Tip of the Week #6

Make sure that plain soap is available in the washroom of your child’s daycare or school, in your workplace and in places where you eat.

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 #29

Using antibiotics when they are not needed is an unnecessary risk. You can carry resistant bacteria in your body for up to two years. Do not use antibiotics for colds and flu and for most cases of bronchitis.

Tip of the Week #15

Fluids, rest and acetaminophen are the best way to treat colds and the flu. Although you will usually feel better in 4 – 5 days, it may take as long as three weeks to completely recover.