(2) When respiratory diseases are present and crowding cannot be avoided,
the individual cubicle system (figure 1-2) should be used. Bed cubicles are made by
converting each bed space into its own compartment with the use of screens. A
common method is to attach a pole to the head of the bed and rig a shelter half to
extend above the head of the bed with the lower edge folded under the mattress.
Blankets and sheets may be used for this purpose instead of the shelter half.
Figure 1-2. Constructing cubicles in squad room.
e. Ventilation. Good ventilation, either by natural or by mechanical means, has
a double objective--health and comfort. Proper ventilation will dilute the number of
organisms in the immediate atmosphere and thus reduce the number that may be
f. Dust Control. Disease-producing organisms that have been expelled from
the nose and throat can cling to dust particles and may transmit infection by the
airborne route unless proper dust control measures are carried out. To avoid raising
dust, dry sweeping should be forbidden. Sweeping should be done using wet sawdust
or a sweeping compound. Mopping can be substituted for sweeping. Oiling of
unfinished wood floors is an excellent means of dust control.
g. Personal Hygiene. Each soldier is responsible for protecting his own health,
as well as the health of his fellow soldiers, by practicing good habits of personal
hygiene. You should was your hands frequently with soap and water. When coughing
or sneezing, you should cover your nose and mouth. You should not use drinking cups,
canteens, towels, or any personal items belonging to other people. During the acute
stage of a cold, you should avoid close contact with other people.
h. Food Service. Dishes, cooking utensils, and food service equipment must
be cleaned and disinfected after each meal. Food handlers must be strictly supervised