Be Well! Wash Your Hands!
Just Six Easy Steps!
Hand-washing is the first line of defense against all disease!
It seems like every few months we are urged to fear for our lives because of a newer and more deadly virus. What I have found between the lines every time is the fact that these new and deadly viruses are spread just like any other virus, and if you practice proper hygiene and take care of your self, you are unlikely to contract the new and deadly virus, no matter what it is.
According to the Centers For Disease Control, hand-washing is the first line of defense against all disease. Your hands touch anything and everything throughout the day. They carry food to your mouth, and rub your eyes, and cover your nose when you sneeze. This is why it is so important to wash your hands and wash them well, frequently. Wash your hands before you eat. Wash your hands after using the restroom. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands after handling any animal, especially a reptile. Wash your hands from time to time just for the heck of it!
All hand-washing is not created equal!
Washing just your fingertips is not washing your hands. Letting running water run over your hands for a few seconds is not washing your hands. Turning a bar of soap over in one hand under running water is not washing your hands. To get your hands completely clean, you must wash both hands, with warm water and soap. It doesn't have to be antibacterial soap. In fact, there has been some proof that the overuse of antibacterial products is one of the things that is helping germs to become stronger and stronger and harder to manage. Use any soap, liquid or solid and warm water running at a fairly brisk pace.
Be sure to wet your hands thoroughly and lather up the fronts and backs of your hands, around and under the nails, between each finger, and up onto your wrists. Scrub for a count of 30. Rinse all the soap off thoroughly under running water and dry your hands completely. If you are in a public restroom, use two paper towels and hang onto them to turn off the water and open the door to leave. You can toss them in the first waste can you encounter.
If you need to clean your hands, but you are not able to get to soap and water, keep some baby wipes close at hand. When you clean your hands with baby wipes, clean the backs of the hands first, wiping from the wrists toward the fingers, then clean the palms in the same way, then clean each finger wiping from the base of the finger to the tip. Use two wipes. Clean the hands thoroughly with one wipe, then repeat the process. Don't bother with antibacterial gels that you simply rub onto your hands. These do nothing but spread the dirt and germs around and dry out your skin.
Another alternative is simply to keep a bottle of rubbing alcohol and some paper towels nearby. I always keep a big bottle of rubbing alcohol and a roll of paper towels in my car. They come in handy for a lot of things, but they are especially good to have for cleaning my hands after checking my oil or performing some other task that gets my hands dirty. Just pour a little rubbing alcohol into the palm of one hand, rub your hands together for 20 seconds and dry your hands with paper towels. Repeat, if you wish.
By keeping your hands clean, you will greatly reduce the number of germs that make it to your mouth, nose, and eyes. You will also reduce the number of germs you spread to other people. Remember, that even if you are not sick, you could be carrying a germ that would make someone else sick, so be considerate, and keep your hands clean.
Copyright:SuzanneBennett:May 7, 2009