February 27, 2020

Don’t Get Caught Dirty Handed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.  With a price tag of about 1 penny for 1 gallon of water from the tap, handwashing is certainly an inexpensive way to avoid a pricey visit to the doctor.

When should you wash your hands?  Often.  Probably more often than you do now.  Germs are odorless and invisible to the naked eye.  The CDC recommends it is especially important to wash your hands during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

The manner in which you wash is also critical.  The CDC recommends these five steps every time:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water. The CDC states washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.

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One Response to “Don’t Get Caught Dirty Handed.”

  1. March 11, 2020 at 5:30 pm, kevin c reynolds said:

    good info. but there is no way i can wash my hands every time i cough, sneeze, & blow my nose.

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