Hand washing is the most important practice to prevent the spread of disease.
Did you know?
- Our hands spread 80% of infections.
- Dry, cracked, and damaged skin holds germs that cannot be washed away.
- Artificial nails and nail polish cause hands to have more germs on them.
- The use of gloves does not eliminate the need to wash hands.
- 1 in 3 people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom.
- Students that wash their hands at least 4 times during the school day get sick less often.
- Health Care Workers who do not wash their hands between patients spread disease.
Wash your hands often, especially before handling food, eating and drinking, after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, and handling animals or pets.
When hand washing cannot be done, alcohol based rubs/gels/rinses are an excellent hand disinfectant. Alcohol based hand disinfectants are easy to use.
First, visible dirt should be removed from your hands since alcohol based hand disinfectants work best on clean skin. Make sure your hands are dry since water will dilute the alcohol making it less effective.
Apply a dime-sized amount of disinfectant onto your hands. Use a rubbing motion to spread the disinfectant product all over your hands and then rub your hands together until dry. The disinfectant should evaporate in about 15 seconds.