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.