Wash and Dry
If you have made it through the winter without getting sick then consider yourself lucky. Just don’t count on luck to keep you healthy. Make sure you wash and dry your hands to keep from getting sick.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that handwashing is the single most important means to prevent the spread of infection. The CDC estimates that 36,000 people die from the flu or flu-like illness annually, while 5,000 people die from foodborne illness each year, and between 78,000 and 90,000 patients die annually from hospital-associated infections (HAIs); many of these morbidities and mortalities can be prevented by basic infection prevention principles, such as proper handwashing. Just in case you need Handwashing 101 at your fingertips, remember these steps:
– Hands should be washed using soap and warm, running water -Hands should be rubbed vigorously during washing for at least 20 seconds with special attention paid to the backs of the hands, wrists, between the fingers and under the fingernails -Hands should be rinsed well while leaving the water running
– With the water running, hands should be dried with a single-use towel
– Turn off the water using a paper towel, covering washed hands to prevent re-contamination.
Ideal Byte wants to know… Do you wipe your hands on your pants after using a public sink?
Earth-friendly etiquette. De-wetting your hands with an electric hand-dryer uses about 1/3 of the electricity needed to produce paper towels (and obviously, no trees get the axe).