It is that time of year again. It seems everyone around you is sick, sneezing or coughing. What is a great way to avoid getting sick yourself? It is no coincidence that December 2-8 is National Hand Washing Week. Why is hand washing so important? Eighty percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted by touch.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, "the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands." Judicious hand washing can prevent not only common diseases like colds, but also more serious diseases like hepatitis A, meningitis, and infectious diarrhea.
"National Hand Washing Week is a great opportunity to promote prevention," said Jan Jowitt, RN, DHA, Director of Nursing Services and Infection Control Officer for UNT Health. "Good hand hygiene is one of the most important techniques of illness prevention."
Six Main Rules of Hand Washing
Correct way of washing hands
By frequently washing your hands, you wash away germs that you have picked up from other people, surfaces, or from animals and animal waste. The simple act of consistently performing this basic task properly will make a big difference in your own household as well as in work, school and public settings.
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