With the flu season in full swing, it’s more important than ever to take preventative steps in stopping the spread of cold and flu germs.
"The most frequent way that people come in contact with germs is through surfaces they touch, such as elevator buttons, doorknobs, shopping carts or direct interaction with other people. After contact with these objects or surfaces, it is important that we clean our hands in order to reduce the germs on our hands,” says Erin Roberts, Corporate Infection Control Professional at Covenant Health.
“Keep in mind, on average, people unconsciously touch their nose and mouth more than 3.6 times per hour. When we touch our face, there is an opportunity to introduce germs residing on our hands to our face and become infected," says Erin.
You can protect yourself and those around you from getting sick simply by washing your hands properly.
Follow these five steps to wash your hands the right way:
If you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a good alternative.
Follow these simple steps when using alcohol-based hand rub:
Hand hygiene is the single most effective way to stop the spread of germs.
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