Clean Hands Protect Against Germs

Clean Hands Protect Against Germs

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Germs are numerous and can be found on just about every surface. But with a little attention to detail and good habits, you can prevent their spread. This will also help reduce the incidence of the various diseases, problems and maladies that germs can cause.

The simplest and most effective way to prevent germ spread is by keeping your hands clean.

Use either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, which does not require using water. The diligent and regular cleaning of hands will go a long way to prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms and the diseases they cause. The key is cleaning your hands properly and frequently.

Properly with soap:

  • Use warm, running water – and lots of it.
  • Wet your hands thoroughly.
  • Spritz on a generous portion of liquid soap. If you have bar soap, use a bar that is clean.
  • Lather up well, making sure to get all parts of your hands – front and back, including your nails and up to your wrists – well coated.
  • Rub your hands together for at least 15 to 20 seconds. Do this with enthusiasm and energy.
  • Some people teach that you should rub them together for long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself. (Or out loud if that works for you.)
  • Scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse your hands well, the more thoroughly the better.
  • Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean or disposable towel. (Which you can purchase from IBT!)
  • Use the towel to turn off the faucet.
  • Dispose of the towel in the proper container, making sure to not touch anything that will get your hands dirty again.
  • If you can, use a piece of towel to open the door.
  • Repeat the process frequently.

Properly with sanitizer:

  • Spritz, in the palm of your hand, about 1/2 teaspoon (about the size of two quarter coins stacked together) of the sanitizer.
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Make sure that you cover all surfaces including backs, nails, and up to the wrists, until they’re dry.
  • If your hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to wash them rather than a sanitizer.

Frequency

There are times that call for the automatic washing of hands. Unfortunately, many people don’t always remember – or pay close enough attention – to make sure that they follow each of these events with hand washing. They help spread germs and transmit infectious diseases.

Washing your own hands can help protect yourself – and others – against this risk. So, make sure you wash up often.

  • After using the toilet.
  • After touching animals or animal waste.
  • Before handling, preparing or serving food.
  • Especially before and immediately after handling raw meat, poultry or fish.
  • After handling preparing or serving food.
  • Before eating.
  • After blowing your nose.
  • After coughing or sneezing into your hands.
  • Before and after treating wounds or cuts.
  • Before and after touching a sick or injured person.
  • After handling garbage or other waste materials.
  • Before inserting or removing contact lenses
  • When using public restrooms, especially as those at work, in airports, train stations, bus stations, restaurants and other public places.
  • At other times just for the heck of it.

Hand washing is a simple way to help keep yourself and others healthy. It’s easy and takes little time or effort. It gives great rewards in terms of preventing illness and reducing the spread of germs.

Making this simple and healthful habit part of your routine will play a major role in protecting your health.

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