Break the chain of infection: Respiratory infectious diseases

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The chain of infection demonstrates how germs (like viruses and bacteria) can spread and make someone sick. To help keep yourself and others from getting sick, you can practise personal protective measures. These measures work by breaking the chain of infection so that germs don’t spread from an infected person or a contaminated object to a person who is not infected. It’s best to use more than one personal protective measure at a time to help prevent the spread of germs at any point throughout the chain of infection.

Germs (infectious agent)

Where germs can exist (reservoir)

How germs exit (portal of exit)

How germs travel (modes of transmission)

How germs enter (portal of entry)

Who’s at risk (susceptible host)

While many people can get sick with a contagious respiratory disease, some people are at risk of experiencing more serious complications from infection, including:

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