How can I protect myself from enterovirus D68 infection?

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Enterovirus D68 is a virus from the polio family. The most common time of transmission is in the summer and fall. Respiratory droplets and getting the virus on your hands is the most common source of transmission. So the usual protection that you use to prevent catching viruses is the same: Wash hands, clean doorknobs, cover mouth when coughing, etc. The people at most risk are children and teens.
You can help prevent contracting and spreading enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections.

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