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Respiratory Etiquette

Tips to prevent the spread of respiratory infections at the CMC or hospital

  • Perform hand hygiene with the alcohol-based hand sanitizer upon arrival and departure, and when required. 

  • Wear a mask if symptoms of respiratory infection are present, or if accompanying someone with symptoms of respiratory infection. 

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Don’t touch your face. 

  • Inform a healthcare provider upon arrival if you have symptoms of respiratory infection.  

  • A designated area is provided in certain waiting rooms for individuals presenting symptoms of respiratory infection (e.g. Chisasibi Hospital, CMC).

    Remain in this area with your mask on until you are called up. 

  • Postpone your visit to a patient at the hospital or the Elder’s home if you have symptoms 


Simple steps to avoid getting sick

Respiratory etiquette is one effective way to prevent illness, and it's not complicated at all.  

By practicing respiratory etiquette, you can reduce the spread of germs and stay healthy.

Woman sneezing into her elbow

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze

Washing hands with alcohol-based spray

Perform hand hygiene regularly

Woman wearing medical mask

Wear a medical mask when you have symptoms

Liquid cleaner in a bottle

Clean your surroundings

Band-aid on arm after vaccination

Get your flu and COVID-19 vaccines

By doing these things, you'll be taking important steps to protect yourself and those around you from getting sick. 

Let’s keep the circle of protection strong.

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COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. It can cause symptoms such as coughing, fever, and difficulty breathing.

The Cree Board of Health recommends you wear a mask in certain situations to protect yourself and people around you.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious lung disease caused by the influenza virus. This is a different virus than the one that causes COVID-19.

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