We are now entering respiratory virus season – a time when we see increasing cases of illnesses such as influenza, RSV and COVID-19. For many, these viruses only cause mild sickness. However, for others, they could lead to serious illness or even death.
Therefore, beginning Oct. 17, we are asking caregivers and visitors to help us limit the spread of these viruses and protect our vulnerable patients. When you enter an inpatient unit at Cleveland Clinic, please:
- Wear a mask
- Sanitize your hands
- Remember proper cough etiquette
- Please don’t visit if you are sick
Masks will be available at location entrances and upon request. We also recommend masking for those who are immunocompromised, are at high risk for complications from respiratory viruses, or are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory virus.
In addition, everyone can take simple steps to stay healthy during respiratory virus season including washing your hands frequently, covering your coughs, staying home when sick, considering wearing a mask in certain situations and staying current on your vaccines.