Hand Washing

Why is hand washing it so important?

Hand washing has always been the best way to keep from getting sick. But with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks, hand washing matters more than ever.

Coronavirus spreads easily. Hand washing prevents the spread of germs, including coronavirus. Disease control is very important in keeping yourself healthy.

When you wash your hands, you protect yourself from germs. You also protect people in your family. With the coronavirus, when you stop the spread of germs at home, you protect people in the community too.

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What's the best way to wash hands?

Here's how to scrub those germs away:

  1. Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold). Make sure the water isn't too hot.
  2. Use Soap. Lather up for about 20 seconds. Good soap works. It's already got natural antibacterial properties.
  3. Make sure you wash between your fingers, on the backs of your hands, under your nails where germs like to hang out. Don't forget your wrists!
  4. Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.

When should I wash my hands?

Make a habit of regular hand washing. It's most important:

  • before eating and drinking
  • after using the bathroom
  • after cleaning the house
  • after touching pets and other animals
  • before and after visiting and taking care of sick people
  • after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • after being outside
  • after handling mail or packages
  • after being in the grocery store, especially a large big box store, where many hands touch everything before it gets to you

What if you don't have soap and running water? Waterless Hand Soap is best since it is actual soap and water. Alcohol based sanitizers or scrubs are less good, since alcohol is a known skin irritant. In medical environments, it is advised that gloves be worn when handling rubbing alcohol. Waterless Hand Soaps is available now. You can buy travel sizes to keep in your book bag, car, locker, purse, or sports bag.

The CDC advises soap over sanitizers.

How Do Clean Hands Help Health?

Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of illnesses, including coronavirus (COVID-19). And it helps protect you against everything from the common cold to more serious infections, such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, the flu, hepatitis A, and many types of diarrhea.

How Do Germs Spread?

Germs spread in lots of ways. For example:

  • touching dirty hands
  • changing dirty diapers
  • through contaminated water and food
  • through droplets in the air released during a cough or sneeze
  • through contact with a sick person's bodily fluids

When you come into contact with germs, you can become infected just by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Seize the power of hand washing! It's one of the best things you can do to help yourself and others.

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