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Holiday Hand Hygiene

December 5, 2018

The holiday season is a time for enjoying the company of our family and friends, marathon mall shopping to find that perfect present, office parties, and interactions with many members of our communities.  It is the season that brings that irresistible smell of cookies, pies and breads.  A lot of handshakes and hugs are shared during this time as everyone makes it a point to gather in celebration.

Coincidentally, illnesses such as colds and the flu tend to flourish during this time as well; and who wants to miss out on spending time with others or tasting those delectable treats that beg for a bite?

During this very busy time of year, it is important to clean your hands frequently.

The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  That is about as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.  Scrub your hands vigorously; use friction while covering all surfaces of the hands, including the fingers.

Using alcohol-based hand rub:  If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based rub containing at least 60% alcohol.  Squirt a dim to quarter-size amount in the palm of your hand and then rub all surfaces of your hands and fingers until dry.

Recommended Times to Clean Hands include:
•    Before eating
•    Before, during, and after preparing food
•    After using the restroom
•    After coughing, sneezing, or caring for someone who is ill
•    After taking out the garbage
•    After petting animals
•    After changing a child’s diaper/pull up
•    After using public touchscreens

So, have fun this holiday season, and remember that the easiest way to prevent the spread of infection is to clean your hands! Happy Holidays!!!!

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