It's In Your Hands
Hand washing Awareness
According to the U.S. centers for disease Control, hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of disease.
Infectious diseases spread through hand-to-hand contact includes the common cold, flu and several gastrointestinal disorders, such as infectious diarrhea.
Inadequate hand hygiene also contribute to food-related illnesses, such as salmonella and E. coli infection.
Although it's impossible to keep your hands germ-free, times exist when it's critical to wash your hands to limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes. Always wash your hands :
Reduce your risk
After using the restroom
After changing a diaper---wash the diaper-wearer's hands, too
After you pet a dog, cat or other animals
Before and after preparing food
After blowing your nose
After coughing or sneezing into your hands
Before you touch your eyes, nose or mouth
Before and after treating wounds or cuts
Before and after touching a sick or injured person
Before and after you visit a hospital or nursing home
After handling garbage
After you touch plants or soil
After you come in contact with any body fluids or touch items that may have come in contact with body fliuds.
Before inserting or removing contact lenses
When using public restrooms
Proper Hand Washing techniques :
When washing with soap and water:
wet your hands with warm, running water and apply liquid or clean bar soap. Lather well
rub your hands vigorously together for at least 15 seconds. Studies show it is the length of time spent washing, not the type of soap, that makes the difference
scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails
dry hands with a clean/disposable towel
use a towel to turn off the faucet.
Hand sanitizers are a great alternative to hand washing, particulary when soap and water aren't available. They're actually more effective in killing bacteria and viruses that cause disease. However, some "waterless" hand sanitizers don't contain alcohol, so ONLY USE THE ALCOHOL-based products. but if your hands are visibly dirty, wash with soap and water instead.
Just a friendly reminder to you all during this very busy season G-ma :O)