It’s still ensured that the flu shot is still the best way to protect against influenza. However good person hygiene is still important. Starting with washing your hands it is essential to reduce the risk of getting sick or spreading germs. Flu and/or common cold viruses can easily spread by personal contact like handshakes or touching contaminated surfaces such as. Doorknobs can cause germs to accumulate on your hands.
The Correct Way to Wash your Hands
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands often at least 20 seconds at a time. When rubbing soap on your hands, be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between the fingers, and under the nails.
“There’s no one best water temperature to wash one’s hands,” says Dr. Grief. “If your hands are really dirty and greasy, use of warm to hot water will do a better job of trapping dirt and grease within the soap, allowing for a more thorough cleaning.”
Hand Sanitizers: What You Need to Know:
Alcohol based hand sanitizers make a great substitute for hand washing when soap and water are not available. According to CDC, sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60-95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol sanitizers.
When you Should Wash your Hands?
Washing hands regularly is extremely important at certain times. Always remember to wash:
Before/after preparing or handling foods
After changing diaper/ using bathroom
After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
After handing garbage
Before/after treating a wound
Before/after caring for a sick person
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