2017-09-07 / Community

Wash your hands

Submitted by Mandy Brondyke
Wellness Coach, Scheurer Hospital

With summer coming to an end and back to school season upon us, there’s no better time to spread around those unwanted germs. Not to mention, cold and flu season is quickly approaching. Hand washing is by far the best way to keep kids from getting sick and preventing the spread of germs.

“Did you wash your hands?” How many times did you hear that growing up? I remember my mom always telling me to wash my hands, before and after EVERYTHING it seemed. Wash your hands after playing outside, before and after eating, after coughing and sneezing, before handling food, after using the bathroom, before putting contacts in and the list goes on. Not only was she trying to protect me, but protect herself and the rest of our family as well.

Doesn’t it seem when one person is sick the rest of the house is soon to be affected? Unfortunately, those unwanted germs can spread quickly. Most germs are spread through the air by coughing, sneezing or even breathing. They can be spread by shaking hands with another person and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are also spread by touching keyboards, phones, doorknobs, television remotes and other household items. When someone is sick it is important to wash your hands regularly and sanitize these common items to prevent the spread of germs.

Believe it or not there is a proper technique to washing your hands. Many people think running their hands under water for a few seconds count, BUT are you really removing those unwanted germs? It’s best to wash your hands with soap and water.

Healthy habits can help prevent spread of those unwanted germs at home, work or school. Hand washing is by far the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Covering your mouth when you cough and sneezing into your arm can also help prevent the spread of the airborne germs. Hand washing doesn’t take much time or effort and helps keep us all from getting sick. Adopting this simple task will play a major role in protecting your health.

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