Disease Prevention

One of best ways to stop the spread of germs that cause the flu or other illnesses that can be spread from one person to another is to wash hands often.  According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control Prevention, “hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infections”.

Hands should be washed with clean water and soap:

  • When they are dirty
  • After using the bathroom
  • Before and after preparing meals
  • After cutting and handling un cooked meat
  • Before eating
  • After cleaning house
  • After caring for someone who is ill
  • After chancing an infant’s diaper
  • After cleaning up blood or body fluids
  • After handling soiled bed lines and clothes
  • Before and after flossing teeth
  • After you cough or sneeze in them

Other hand cleaning options

Alcohol-based hand cleaners can also be used.  Put a small amount on hands and rub all over until dry.


2 thoughts on “Disease Prevention”

  1. GoneWithTheWind

    It is good advice but… Mostly this will work in an environment like a hospital where you have contaminated areas/people and clean areas. Pretty easy then to know when to washg your hands. But for everyday life and 99.99% of us this advice is ineffective. You would literally have to wash your hand a thousand times a day and wear a face mask all the time. The significant reason why a disease, like the flu, is so easy to catch and so easy to become pandemic is because it is spread easily. You can walk into a room where an infected person has coughed or sneezed before you entered and you will catch the flu simply by breathing. Once a virile flu virus is in the population you WILL be exposed to it. You can wash your hands all you want but you will be exposed to it.

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