The Importance of Hygiene for People with CF

Summer, 1994

IACFA conference participants were asked to follow the hygiene methods listed below for the duration of the conference. These suggestions are also valuable for anyone desiring to limit exposure to potentially dangerous bacteria and viruses:

  1. Think hygiene.
  2. Always use disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze. Use each tissue ony once. Throw it away in an appropriate container. Do not throw it in the toilet where bacteria may exist for long periods of time, then be released into the air when the toilet is flushed.
  3. Disinfect your hands after coughing, since bacteria in sputum are protected for hours and may be transmitted to others without knowing it.
  4. Do not shake hands or touch other people if you feel your hands may be contaminated with sputum.
  5. Avoid public toilets when possible. Use only the toilet in your room and always close the lid before flushing. Be aware that flushing can cause "aerosols" or liquid droplets to be dispersed in the air.
  6. If you are the first to use the tap water or shower in the morning, run the water for two to three minutes and stay away from the basin or shower stall to avoid "aerosols" that may disperse bacteria in the basin or stall.
  7. Do not share glasses, soda cans or eating utensils with anyone.

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