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.
Next: Video, plus more tips to get through the cold and flu season
More tips to help us get through cold and flu season:
1. Keep yourself healthier by eating well, exercising, and getting plenty of rest.
2. When you are sick, avoid public areas and crowds. If at all possible, stay home until you are no longer contagious.
3. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. It’s best to use a tissue that you can discard — then wash your hands.
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Video: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services