Fight Germs

Keep your home and workspace clean

Clean your home and workspaces regularly. Regular cleaners are best for most homes and workplaces. Do not use antibacterial cleaners. They are not necessary.

Use a regular household disinfectant to wash common surfaces every day. Make sure you wash:

  • Counters, taps, and sinks in your bathroom and kitchen
  • Bedside tables
  • Children's toys
  • Computer keyboards
  • Desks and tabletops

Wipe surfaces with paper towels that can be thrown away or cloth towels that can be washed afterwards. After you've cleaned children's toys, rinse the toys with clean water.

Stay away from sick people

If you have a long-term lung disease like asthma or COPD, you are more likely to catch a cold or the flu. Cold and flu can make your COPD or asthma symptoms much worse. That’s why it’s best to stay away from people who are sick.

If you're sick, stay away from other people

If you have a contagious sickness like the flu or a cold, stay away from other people, especially:

  • Elderly people
  • Pregnant women
  • Babies and children
  • People who are frail or who have a chronic (long-term) disease
  • People who have a lung disease like asthma or COPD

Page Last Updated: 14/04/2016