The school year is well under way and we are entering the dreaded Flu Season. Here are the best hand hygiene tips to help keep you and your family safe this season.
Washing our hands is an easy and preventative measure we can take to mitigate the spread of germs and prevent getting sick. It’s been found that many illnesses are contracted simply by not washing our hands. A recent ABC News article stated that the average person touches their face 18 times per hour. Couple this over the course of a day, week, month; and our risk of infection skyrockets.
The following are some easy-to-execute tips from the CDC to ensure proper cleanliness:
The CDC estimates washings our hands can:
- Reduce the risk of diarrhea by 31%
- Reduce diarrheal illness in those with weakened immune systems by 58%
- Reduce respiratory illness by 16-21%
*Percentages based off of the general population*
When should we wash our hands, you may ask? Well, the CDC suggests:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before we eat
- After using the bathroom
- After coughing, sneezing or blowing our nose
- After coming in contact with garbage
If you’re unsure that you’re not washing your hands correctly, follow these easy steps:
- First wet your hands with clean, warm, running water
- Then lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap
- Next, scrub your hands for 20 seconds
- Then, rinse your hands with warm, running water
- Lastly, dry your hands using a clean towel of any sort
By following these guidelines and easy hand washing tips, we can prevent the spread of germs and illness to not only ourselves, but to the others around us.