Did you know that National Handwashing Awareness Week is the first week of December? As random (and almost strange) as it sounds to hold an awareness week for something so basic, it is actually a very significant matter when it comes to the health and wellbeing of all individuals. We are going to walk you through the basics of handwashing, why it is so important, and the risk you take if you do not wash your hands.
When to Wash
Washing your hands is crucial if you have just used the restroom, have just blown your nose or have been sneezing, you are about to eat, you have been handling raw meats, you have been handling chemicals, you have been touching or feeding animals, or if you have been assisting someone who is sick. Many of these occurrences are the primary ways that germs are spread. You are very susceptible to getting an infection or illness if you simply touch your eyes, mouth, or nose after these germs are on your hands.
In order to properly wash your hands, you should wet your hands under the water before putting the soap in your hands and lathering to allow for a deeper clean. In order to make sure you wash your hands for enough time, either count to 20 seconds or sing happy birthday twice in your head. Be sure to clean the palms, back of the hands, wrists, under the fingernails, and under any jewelry, like rings or watches. Rinse the soap off well under warm, running water, and dry your hands using a paper towel or a clean hand towel.
Clean Your Cell Phone Often
Many recent studies have found that your cell phone is 10 times dirtier than your toilet seat. Take a second to think about where you put your phone down. Restaurant tables? Bathroom toilet paper dispensers or garbage cans? Your desk? Your kitchen counter? All of these places, along with many more, are lurking with thousands of bacteria that are transferred onto your phone immediately upon placement. Your phone is in your hands very frequently throughout the day, so it is so important that you disinfect your cell phone. Otherwise, you would need to wash your hands every time you touch it – now that wouldn’t be practical.
Whenever washing your hands in the sink isn’t an option, hand sanitizer is better than nothing. However, washing your hands with soap and water is by far the number one best option. Handwashing is a simple and easy way to stay healthy this flu season and all year long. Although, if a sickness gets the best of you and your clean hands, your local First Care Clinic is here to help. Visit our website to check-in online and get ahead on the waitlist, or just walk right in. We are open every day from 8 am – 8 pm.