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Infections are not only transferred from person to person, they are also passed via surface or an object. Harmful bacteria can be passed from a person, body fluids, or infected material to another surface. Then, if someone else touches the surface, the infection is passed on to that person, and so forth. This transfer can also involve infections such as the common cold.  

The correct workplace protocols must be followed at all times to ensure that this transferring of infection is reduced or eliminated. The use of proper hand washing and PPE, along with common sense and proper cleaning techniques will help to reduce the risk. In the care environment, infections can be passed from visitors to patients or staff and vice versa. Infections are when an organism enters the body, and they can do this by many routes. Indirect contamination is something that can spread infections easily, so effective hand washing is essential.