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Did You Wash Your Hands?

Randy DeVaul

Posted on July 27, 2019 11:19

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Germs can be killers, or, at least make everyone in the house sick. Follow these tips for proper hygiene and beating the odds of catching those evil little critters.

Kids are going back to school, and that means our households are open to "back-to-school" germs and illnesses. With that, flu season is upon us, as well. So how do we protect our kids and ourselves from catching the "creeping crud" and other scientifically notable diseases? Follow these tips, as offered by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

One of the easiest ways to keep healthy during any season involves proper hand washing. I emphasize "proper" because I have seen children and adults in a variety of settings do the "splash-and-go" technique for washing hands, which basically allows the person to spread the germs wet or "wipe them on pant-legs" hands. There needs to be an introduction of soap to the skin surface during the wash cycle. According to the CDC, the soap should contact skin for at least 20 seconds while rubbing hands together. This is not a huge amount of time – humming "Happy Birthday" twice through is usually long enough to reach that time frame.

Remove the soapy grunge by rinsing hands well (enough to get all the soap and soap residue off) under clean running water. Dry hands with a clean towel or air dryer.

One of the easiest ways to spread "stuff" is by hand-to-hand or hand-to-object contact. Shaking hands with someone else or touching doorknobs and other items that are readily touched by others will continue to spread the germs. Think about it – kids sneeze, cough, wipe, and otherwise smear all sorts of things all over their hands with the innate need to touch everything and everyone. So, you and yours can improve hygiene by following a simple practice: cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than into your hand(s). This action, followed by washing your hands often, will reduce being contagious and reduce the risk of someone else’s contagions being wiped on your face, nose, eyes, which are direct paths for catching most anything.

With the varieties of Flu present each year, a lot more companies began providing hand sanitizers – the dry cleaner of hands – for when soap and water were not readily available. You see these dispensers all the time when in a healthcare setting or larger office buildings. You can purchase your own personal-sized bottle at the dollar store or other retail places. When you do, though, be sure it contains 60% or more alcohol (not the drinking kind) so it both sanitizes and evaporates quickly. Why? Because sneezing or coughing into your hands is not the only time you should be washing them. Taking out the trash, using the toilet, changing diapers, blowing your nose (or helping your clogged-up child do likewise), are all examples of when you should be disinfecting your hands.

Keeping hands clean is an important step to avoiding sickness and spreading germs to others. It’s easy, fast, and can save you and your family from getting sick.

Randy DeVaul

Posted on July 27, 2019 11:19

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