The COVID-19 pandemic has increased awareness of the importance of washing your hands to prevent the spread of germs, but months of hand washing and sanitizing has led to pandemic fatigue for many individuals. This time of year is also when cold and flu viruses tend to spread, so it’s a good time to remember the importance of proper hand hygiene.
National Handwashing Week
National Handwashing Week takes place during the first full week of December each year. Henry the Hand reminds us all to keep the four principles of hand awareness in mind:
- Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
- Do not cough into your hands.
- Do not sneeze into your hands.
- Do not put your fingers insider your eyes, nose, or mouth.
These principles are endorsed by the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians.
Protect your eyes, nose, and mouth and avoid touching them as much as possible, particularly if you haven’t washed your hands first. This is one of the top things you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick with a virus.
Hand Washing Reminders
Experts recommend that you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Get a good lather and make sure to clean the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Dry your hands with a clean towel.
If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, then wash with soap and water as soon as you can. Avoid using hand sanitizer if your hands are visibly dirty or greasy; in these instances, soap and water is best.
The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for the following:
- Before, during, and after food preparation
- Prior to eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the bathroom
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After touching garbage
- Any time your hands are visibly dirty or greasy
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
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