Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015
Did you know there are 1,500 germs on each square centimeter of your hand? Viruses can live from a few hours to several days on surfaces, but some bacteria can live for several months outside the human body. One of the best defenses against germs that make you sick is simply to wash your hands! With cold and flu season in full swing, it is even more important to establish and practice good hand hygiene habits every day.
Avoid illness and stay healthy all year long with these handwashing tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It’s important to wash your hands:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the bathroom
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching garbage
- After handling a pet, pet food or pet treats
Achieve your best health by following this step-by-step handwashing how-to:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to cut down on germs.
For more information on safe handwashing practices and overall health and wellness, visit your Harbin Clinic primary care provider today. Not a patient yet? Call 888-427-2461 to set up an appointment and get on the path to good health!