There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself healthy, but nothing tops regular good old-fashioned sudsy soap and water hand washing. And if your hands aren’t obviously soiled, alcohol based hand cleaners will do. Proper hand washing is vital.
No hand dipping, fingertip only splash n’dry, quick soap rinse and go stuff. Your technique must be perfect!
- Wet your hands, generously apply soap, lather and clean under your finger nails outside the stream of water for at least 20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing happy birthday twice – in your head please. Rinse under running water.
- Use automatic paper towel dispensers to dry. Avoid the air dryers – they just recirculate germs. Use your sleeve or paper towel to open the door or patiently wait for someone else to do it for you.
Forgo hand washing? That’s gross and you are now a vehicle of disease transmission. Why would you want to be a germ farm? Science tells us hand washing removes some of the nastiest bugs: Salmonella, E. coli, Norovirus, Adenovirus, coxsackie, Hepatitis A, C-diff, influenza, and more.
Do yourself and everyone else a service: Help prevent infections. Wash your hands!
Note: there are no known data to support the claim that water temperature is associated with hand-washing efficacy.