Fall is here & we hope you are all enjoying the weather! However, don’t forget that the flu is still here! Most people seem to forget that flu season is from Septemeber to mid-December! This means you should still be aware & using hand sanitation techniques. Even if you got your flu shot you should pay attention to these tips to keep avoiding the flu this year.
How often do you wash your hands?
The flu is spread airborne n& by ingestion, the most common way to get a virus is to wipe your mouth or eyes after the virus us on your hands or body, giving yourself an immediate infection. Ask yourself about how often you wash your hands in a day. If you can count on one hand how many times it is odds are you don’t wash your hands enough. You should try to wash your hands after everytime you feel you may have exposed yourself to some harmful germs. Sometimes when you should think about washing your hands is :
- After petting a dog
- After holding on to communal rails & grips
- After riding public transportation
- After shaking someone else’s hand that looks sick
- After using the bathroom
You would be surprised how many people forget to wash their hands after using the bathroom. This is why you should always wash your hands after coming in contact with someone else.
How long do you wash your hands?
If you have seen someone in the bathroom who just throws water on their hands & then leaves? If you were slightly grossed out that’s because you should be! Your hands get thousands of germs on them & a couple seconds under the water will not get rid of them. You should wash your hand with warm water since it is a fact that warm water aids in helping to get rid of germs. On top of that, you should use soap, of course, & wash your hands for about 30-45 seconds. When teaching your child you should tell them to sing happy birthday, since the song is just around the time that they should be washing them.
What if I can’t wash your hands
There are always alternatives to washing your hands! Carrying around hand sanitizer will help you always have a way to wash your hands. Please recommend hand washing techniques to all loved ones & friends so you can all avoid the Flu this season!