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sanitize your nose
sanitize your nose
sanitize your nose
sanitize your nose

EMPLOYERS CAN HELP:  MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF INFECTION AT THE SOURCE

At a time when infection prevention is top of mind for everyone, businesses are looking for strategies to keep employees and customers safe. Sanitizing the nose is a cost-effective and clinically proven strategy used to help reduce risk of infection. It is also a CDC-recommended infection prevention practice in hospitals.

 

“The best infection prevention strategies attack pathogens at its source. By including nasal sanitization as an added layer of protection against infection, businesses can improve employee wellness, build trust among staff and customers, and position themselves as leaders in workplace safety.”

Dr. Michael J. Manyak, MD

BENEFITS OF SANITIZING THE NOSE

sanitize your noseAddresses an overlooked infection source: the nose

sanitize your noseFrequent hand to nose touching contributes to the spread of germs. Sanitizing the nose interrupts germ transmission, reducing risk of infections

sanitize your noseHelps protect workers their families

sanitize your noseBuilds trust in the workplace

How To Sanitize Your Nose

The same products trusted by health care professionals and clinically proven to kill germs in the nose are available over the counter.
Like hand washing, it should be done routinely for the best results.

Alcohol-based nasal antiseptic* Povidone iodine nasal antiseptic Mupirocin antibiotic
Topical solution Clear/orange liquid Brown thick liquid Cream/ointment
Kills germs on contact
Available to consumers without a prescription
Kills broad spectrum of germs
Formulated for daily use
Does not stain the skin
Convenient to apply
Product Nozin® Nasal Sanitizer® Various brands, including 3M® Various brands, including Bactroban®
*Sanitizing your nose can help shield you from infection by killing germs in the nose.

WHO SHOULD SANITIZE THEIR NOSE?

While everyone can benefit from the added layer of protection that sanitizing the nose provides, employees in high-contact industries should be especially vigilant.

  • Healthcare workers & caregivers
  • First responders & emergency personnel
  • Educators
  • Food service & hospitality employees
  • Home delivery couriers
  • Travel & transportation providers
  • Athletes & coaching staff

As CDC actively promotes the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, sanitizing the nose using an alcohol-based product is a well-established practice for reducing pathogen transmission and infection risk. Read our advisors’ letter to the CDC asking them to recommend sanitizing the nose to the public.

 

Sanitizing the nose, using a product proven to kill germs in the nose, is critical to source control and is a missing piece of infection prevention. Download our fact sheet and share with your employees.

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