Handwashing is the DIY vaccine

| December 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

TRICARE
News Release

Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends washing your hands in a specific way to be most effective.

First, wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn the tap off, and apply soap. Washing your hands in standing water could recontaminate them. Be sure to use soap because water alone will not remove dirt and microbes from the skin and, according to the CDC, people tend to scrub their hands more thoroughly when they use soap. When you lather your hands, be sure to wash the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails.

All personnel should have the habit of washing their hands thoroughly for cleanliness. This habit should be passed along to children, too. (Courtesy photo)

All personnel should have the habit of washing their
hands thoroughly for cleanliness. This habit should be
passed along to children, too. (Courtesy photo)

Next, you want to scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. A good way to time yourself is to sing a verse or two of your favorite song. You can also sing the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

Lastly, rinse your hands well under clean, running water and dry them using a clean towel or let them air dry.

It may seem too easy, but handwashing prevents illnesses and the spread of infections to others. People frequently touch their eyes, notes and mouth without realizing it, which is one of the ways that germs enter our bodies and make us sick.

For more information, visit the CDC’s webpage “Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives.” If you happen to get sick, be sure to seek care from your provider. You can also call the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line if you are not sure of the type of help you need.

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