Along with passing yummy dishes, giving gifts, and sharing laughs, you may end up spreading germs during close-quarter holiday gatherings with family and friends. Unfortunately, the holidays and the start of cold and flu season fall at the same time. However, as simple as it sounds, preventing the spread of germs begins at the sink.
Dr. Vernon White, MD with Mountainlands states, “The single, best way to avoid getting sick during the holidays is to wash your hands”.
Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.
When should you wash your hands?
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Content Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention