Hand Washing and the Prevention of Colds or Flu’s

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There is a lot of precautions one can take to avoid catching a cold or any flu. One of the best ways is to wash your hands. If you ever worked in the medical profession you already know this as it is standard protocol in hospitals, medical facilities and offices.  According to Web MD you should wash your hands an average 8 times a day. So here is some important information on when, how and why we all should practice good hand washing on a daily basis.




Daily Hand Washing

  • Before, during, and after you prepare food
  • Before you eat
  • Before and after you care for a sick person
  • Before and after you treat a cut or wound
  • After you use the bathroom
  • After you change a child’s diaper or clean up after a child who’s used the bathroom
  • After you blow your nose, cough, or sneeze
  • After you touch an animal or its waste
  • After you feed your pet
  • After you touch garbage

Good hand washing however is more than just a dab of soap and a splash of water. There is an actual technique to it that we bet you were never taught. According to the CDC, here is how you do it

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The 5 Steps of Hand Washing

1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


Hand sanitizers are very popular recently and according to the CDC here is how you use them

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How to use hand sanitizer

  • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.Here are some interesting fact about Hand Washing you may not know.



Here are some interesting fact about hand washing you may not know.

Hand Washing Facts

Would you believe there is also a Global Handwashing Day on October 15?

Did you know that only 5% wash their hands correctly and only 33% use soap.

Diarrhea rates can be reduced by 40% and respiratory infections reduced by almost 20% if proper handwashing is used.

Would you believe that there is fecal matter on 10% of credit cards, 14% of paper money and 16% of cellphones also have fecal matter.

Ever been in a public bathroom and notice others not washing their hands before leaving? Well they are part of the 7% of women and 15% of men do not wash their hands at all after using the bathroom.


It can not be stressed enough that effective and proper hand washing is the first line of defense in preventing the spread of illnesses. We hope this has helped you understand the importance of using proper hand washing techniques everyday all year long.

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