‘Tis the season

It’s that time of the year again! The leaves have fallen, temperatures are dropping, and people are starting to get sick. No one likes to be sick, so of course we want to do what we can to fight it and prevent it from happening in the first place. The CDC has recommended 3 things we can do to fight the flu. To summarize:

1. Get the flu shot.

2. Take preventive measures (i.e frequent hand washing, covering your nose and mouth while sneezing, and staying home while sick).

3. If prescribed, take flu antiviral drugs to help treat the flu and shorten the time you are sick.

Frequent and proper hand washing is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

I’m sure we’ve all been in this situation before: You go to a public washroom, finish using the toilet and go to wash your hands, and then the person who comes out of the toilet after you just walks right out of the washroom. Not only is that extremely unhygienic, this person is then going to touch the door handle, money, food etc…. you see where this is going, right?

5 simple steps to hand washing:

1. Wet your hands with warm running water.

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2. Add soap and rub hands together for 15-20 seconds to form a soapy lather  (don’t forget to include both the front/back of hands, between the fingers and under your nails).

3. Thoroughly rinse hands under warm running water.

4. Dry hands with paper towel.

5. Use the same paper towel to turn off the tap.

When should alcohol-based rubs be used?

  • When running water is not available
  • When there is no visible dirt on the hands

*Similar to hand washing with soap and water, the alcohol-based rub should be applied to both the front/back of the hands, between fingers and on finger tips. Keep rubbing your hands until the product is dry (about 15 seconds)*

For more information on proper hand washing:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/diseases-maladies/hands-mains-eng.php  

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Stay safe and healthy 🙂

Ziv

 

References and Resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/pubhealth/handwashing/handwashing_mn.html 

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/diseases-maladies/hands-mains-eng.php

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/index-eng.php

 

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