Prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands

Published: December 1st, 2015

Category: Student Health Care Center Blog

Cover Your CoughIt might seem simple, but washing your hands is is the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease.

What are the Four Principles of Hand Awareness?

  1. Wash your hands before and after eating.
  2. Do not cough into your hands.
  3. Do not sneeze into your hands.
  4. Above all, do not put your fingers in your eyes, nose and mouth, also known as the T Zone.

How should hands be washed?

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

What is the T Zone?

The T Zone is the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth. Those mucous membranes are the only portals of entry for bacteria that cause respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases. Touching your T Zone with fingers or hands that are contaminated with germs can make you sick. Avoiding the T Zone is the only way to avoid getting a cold, flu or other respiratory illness!

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