What is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of germs this cold and flu season?
Wash your hands — but you already knew that, didn’t you? It is a message that bears repeating, especially during the cold and flu season.
Washing your hands properly means more than just hastily running water over them. There’s a right way and a wrong way to wash your hands. What is the right way to wash your hands? From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
1. Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
2. Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3. Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
4. Rinse your hands well under running water.
5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.
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