The theme of National Handwashing Awareness Week 2014 is “spread the word, not the germs” and that is a message that we support! Dr. Will Sawyer, Henry the Hand and the CDC are all coming together during the week of December 7, 2014 to raise awareness about the importance of handwashing.
Maintaining good hand hygiene is an important part of staying healthy, preventing the spread of germs and illness, and part of your daily hygiene routine.
The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness are:
1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating.
2. DO NOT cough into your hands.
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands.
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.
and the CDC adds their own list:
When should you 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 toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
What is the best hand washing technique?
- Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
- Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers may also not be as effective when your hands are visibly dirty.
With seasonal changes and cough and cold season coming, hygiene is an important step in reducing germ transmission.
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