Flu and cold season has arrived, but, one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others is to be proactive in keeping our hands clean with good hand hygiene. Anticipate all risks during your trip whether it is to the local grocery store, a family gathering, doctors office, vacation, business destination or an international event.
Many diseases are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean running water. When not accessible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands. Prevention of illness can be as simple as applying basic common sense techniques to every situation at home or abroad. Grasping the handle of a shopping cart in the grocery store, think of who may have handled it before you transfer possible “germs” to yourself and other items. Wipe the shopping cart handle with sanitized wipes and do the same to door handles and railings. Handle the serving utensils available for everyone to use at a buffet with a napkin.
Wash your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, apply soap and lather by rubbing them together including the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water then dry them using a clean towel or air dry. When soap and clean water are not available and the use of a hand sanitizer is required then apply the product to the palm of one hand using the amount recommended on the bottle. Rub your hands together and rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. Be proactive in protecting your own health and stay safe.
Submitted by Gail Courneyea, Registered Nurse. Angels of Flight, 799 O’Brien Drive, Peterborough, 705-743-5433,