Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Don't Sneeze At It

Colds, flu and and even a few "upset tummy" disorders are spread by contact through our hands. Everyone is aware of proper hygiene when we use the bathroom, but germs are left behind on door handles, computer keyboards, and money.

Washing the hands with soap, and making sure to rinse them properly with water makes certain to loosen the bacteria and remove it from your hands. We take hand washing for granted, but there is a proper way to do it if we want to stay clean:

* Wet hands, and lather up with either a liquid hand soap or bar. Vigorously rub your hands together for between fifteen and twenty seconds. Do not be scant.

* Make sure to thoroughly cleanse all parts of the hands, by rubbing the palms, the backs, the wrists, fingers and nails.

* Dry your hands with a clean towel or a disposable one, and turn off the faucet with a towel too.

Antibacterial wipes, and hand sanitizers are also good to use in between hand washing. Use them after handling money, and after using the telephone too. And if you've opened a door while you're out and about, try to avoid touching your face.

Yes, germs are everywhere, and the more you practice keeping your hands and communal surfaces clean, the more of a fighting chance you have of avoiding coming down with something.

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