Posts Tagged ‘hand washing’

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.

Posted by: Laura Sarcone 1 Comment
Labels: , , Posted in Uncategorized December 27, 2011

Don’t Get Caught Dirty Handed

Winter has crept into town, accompanied by its usual partner, the cold and flu season.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the easiest and least expensive ways to prevent the spread of infectious minor diseases, like colds and flu, as well as some pretty serious ones like hepatitis A, meningitis and infectious diarrhea, is to frequently wash your hands. With a price tag of less than a penny, hand washing is certainly a cheap way to avoid a pricey visit to the doctor.

Disease is spread when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with hands that have been exposed to germs.  In fact, one of the most common ways people catch colds is by rubbing their nose or their eyes after their hands have been contaminated with the cold virus.

According to a 2005 survey conducted by the American Society for Microbiology, 91 percent of adults say they always wash their hands after using public restrooms; however just 83 percent were observed doing so.  Americans also say they always wash their hands after using the bathroom in their home (83 percent) and before handling or eating foods (77 percent).  However, smaller percentages of Americans always wash after petting a dog or cat (42 percent), after coughing or sneezing (32 percent), or after handling money (21 percent).

When should you wash your hands?  Often.  Probably more often than you do now.  Germs are odorless and invisible to the naked eye.  It is especially important to wash your hands before, during and after you prepare food; before you eat; after you use the restroom; after handling animals or animal waste; and even more frequently when someone in your home is sick.

The manner in which you wash is also critical.  Rub your hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces with soap and warm water for a minimum of 15-20 seconds to dislodge and remove germs.  Following these tips at home, work and school, can help you stay cold-and flu-free this winter!

Posted by: Laura Sarcone No Comments
Labels: , , , , , Posted in Health