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What hygiene tips can help protect my child from enterovirus D68?

To help avoid catching and spreading enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and other respiratory viruses, parents and children should always follow basic steps to stay healthy.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Washing hands correctly is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy.
  • 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 and keep sick children out of school.

Hygiene tips that can help protect children from enterovirus D68 include thorough hand washing, not touching the face and keeping kids home if they are sick. Watch pediatric infectious disease specialist Gail Shust, MD, share some prevention advice.

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