People can be their own best protection against this illness by remembering to CHIRP:
Cover your mouth when you cough, with your elbow or a tissue
Hands - wash them often
Isolate yourself by maintaining a personal space of 1.5m and stay home if you are sick
Reduce germs in your home and workplace by cleaning with disinfectant
Prepare yourself and your family by creating an emergency plan and influenza kit.
The best way to wash your hands is by the following Hand Hygiene Technique
Reference: Hand washing technique (Alliffe et al 1978; Lawrence 1985)
How long should people wash and dry their hands each time?
People should use the 20-20 rule - wash their hands for 20 seconds with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly with clean towels or paper towels for another 20 seconds.