Just the Facts
Q: How long can the H1N1 virus survuve on surfaces?
A: Studies have shown that flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces and can infect a person for up to 2 to 8 hours after being left on items like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.
Q: Are hand sanitizers effective?
A: Wipes or gels with alcohol in them are effective for cleaning hands, but should be used only if washing with soap and water isn't practical or available. The gels should be rubbed in until they are dry.
Q: Should staff working at public service points wear face masks or disposible gloves?
A: Use of N95 respirators or facemasks generally is not recommended for workers in non-healthcare occupational settings for general work activities. Impermeable, disposable gloves are not practical for this work environment. Improper use of gloves may actually increase transmission, while proper handwashing is very effective prevention.
Q: Does hand washing work if there is no hot running water in any of the bathrooms?
A: The CDC recommends that you wash your hands thoroughly with clean, running water and soap. Use warm water if it's available. If clean, running water is not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.