It’s that time of year again. Everyone around you seems to be sneezing, coughing and feeling feverish. How can you avoid from joining the sickly crowd?
The most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands, says the Centers for Disease Control, so it’s no coincidence that this week is National Hand Washing Week.
About 80 percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. 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, Director of Nursing Services and Infection Control Officer for UNT Health, the physicians group at UNT Health Science Center. “Good hand hygiene is one of the most important techniques of illness prevention. Clean hands are happy hands.”
Six Rules of Hand Washing
Correct way to wash hands
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