Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: August 26, 2013
At any given moment, our hands can be home to nearly 5,000 germs, such as those that cause colds or flus. Germs are almost impossible to avoid based on how busy our hands are during every hour of the day.
Often our daily routine includes actions like shaking hands, answering phones, holding doors, using restrooms, preparing food, visiting ATM machines and pumping gas, to name a few. Plus, the average individual touches his or her face nearly 16 times every hour. Therefore, it’s easy to see how germs can transfer quickly from person to person.
The number one way to minimize the spread of germs is by thoroughly washing your hands. It’s the simplest step toward limiting infection to you and to others.
Using soap and water remains the most effective method of hand washing. When soap and water are not readily available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) is the recommended back-up plan.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following advice for washing hands:
When to Wash Your Hands
At Work and Anytime:
Test Your Hand Washing Skills
For more information on how to prevent the spread of germs that can cause disease or illness, please contact us.
Disclaimer: The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of a physician. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to a physician.