For Your Health: Hand Washing Is an Important Preventive Measure Against Illness
Your mother was right: Washing your hands often IS important. Hand washing is the most effective and simplest way to prevent the spread of germs. As germs cause illness, it follows then that regular and proper hand washing is an important weapon in the prevention of illness.
Our hands touch multiple surfaces throughout the day and come into contact with a variety of bacteria and viruses. Those germs are then transferred into our bodies when we touch our eyes, nose or mouth. Rub your eyes? Eat finger foods such as snacks? Whatever is on your hands, germ-wise, has now had an open portal into your body where those germs may take hold and cause illness.
The best method of hand washing is to use soap and water. Antibacterial soap is not necessary, in fact some experts advise against its regular use. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , making sure to wash palms, between fingers, under fingernails and the backs of your hands.
If soap and water isn't available, or until it is, cleanse hands with a hand sanitizer than contains at least 60 percent alcohol, again making certain to cleans all the surfaces of your hands.
Remember, too, that faucet handles or levers a germ-laden surfaces -- after all, you just touched them with your hands before washing them clean!
Resources: CDC.gov " Wash Your Hands "
Minnesota Department of Health " 5 Common Ways Germs Are Spread "
Other "For Your Health" Posts: How to Know If You Have a Cold or the Flu
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