This is a continuation of my first Blog " Hand Hygiene "
According to CDC, The Center For Disease Control, " Hand washing : Clean Hands save lives." Feces from animals or people is an important source of germs that cause Diarrhea and some respiratory infections. These kind of germs can get can get onto hands after using the toilet, changing baby's diapers or handling raw poultry or meat. If hands are not properly washed, germs spread from one person to another, making them sick. Examples are: Shaking someone's hand, touching table tops, handrails, light switches, door knobs, faucets, preparing food with unwashed hands, etc..
Educating each other is the best way to prevent the spread of infections. According to CDC, teaching people about hand washing helps them and their communities stay healthy:
- It reduces the number of people who get with Diarrhea by 31%
- It reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
- It reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, by 21%
- Hand washing with soap and water can protect about 1 out of every 3 young children, who get sick with diarrhea, worldwide
- Hand washing also can protect 1 out of 6 young children who get sick with respiratory infections
But, don't be alarmed ! YOU can make a difference, starting at home. Educate your family on the best practices of Hand Hygiene and Hand washing. Show them places where germs can be found. Ask them to participate. When you go out, again ask your family members if they could tell you places where germs lurk. Inform them how they can protect themselves against those nasty germs ( yes, you are right: hand washing, or, if there no water and soap available, sanitizers )
Things you can do at home:
- After handling raw poultry or meat, clean and sanitize the area ( counter space, faucets, sink ). Use a product that not only cleans but also sanitizes. One such product is Clorox Clean up. Just follow directions on the back of the product. This is a multi purpose product which is also effective on highchairs, diaper pails, diaper changing tables, and hard crib surfaces. Precautions: always use in ventilated area. Don't forget to wash hands.
- After using the bathroom, wash your hands
- After sneezing or coughing in your hands: wash hands
- Regularly clean and sanitize any high touch area ( tables, handrails, telephones, faucets, light switches, toys, computer keyboard, remote, knobs, toilets, etc.. )
Things you can do when outside:
- I always carry a small bottle of sanitizer in my pocket and a bigger one in my car.
- I always make my kids ( my wife is the same way, now that she understands ) sanitize their hands before they can eat in their favorite Fast Food Restaurants ( Burger King and McDonald )
- If you have to use a public toilet, always use a seat cover ( hopefully available ). Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry your hands with paper towels. Turn off the faucet with a paper towels. Open the door by using a paper towel to turn the knob or handle.
- Wear a mask if you have the flu or cold