Proper handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs and avoid getting sick. One study found that 95% of people do not wash their hands correctly after using the restroom, 2 in 3 people forget the soap, and 1 in 10 skip the process entirely.
This isn’t good news for the quickly approaching Flu Season. It is the general consensus among health care professionals that after receiving a flu vaccine, proper hand hygiene is the second most important way to avoid the flu. However, they don’t mean rinsing your hands off for 5 seconds and wiping them dry on your shirt. There are easy techniques to follow that will get those nasty germs off your hands.
To demonstrate, Henry Mandala:
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With the technique down, the next question is when. Over-washing is not a huge concern but can cause hands to dry out, crack and bleed, which allows germs to enter the body. Combat dryness by applying moisturizing cream or lotion. According to the CDC, people should wash their hands:
Though handwashing is the best way to remove germs, there will be instances when you do not have access to soap and clean, running water. In these situations, keep handy an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Oooo feel the burn. Hand sanitizer is not a suitable substitute all the time particularly because it does not removed all types of germs, may not remove harmful chemicals and is not helpful when your hands are visibly dirty/greasy. To properly apply hand sanitizer, read the label for the correct amount then rub hands together until completely dry.