With the flu epidemic extending its hold globally, health authorities are debating on the most effective strategy to contain it, but one thing remains unanimous…washing your hands is the most effective preventive measure. Because..
In the healthcare setting, handwashing can prevent potentially fatal infections from spreading from patient to patient, and from patient to healthcare worker and vice-versa. The basic rule in a hospital is to wash your hands between seeing patients.
In the home, it can prevent infectious diseases such as diarrhea and hepatitis A from spreading between members of a family. The rule should be to wash hands before preparing food, after changing diapers, and after using the bathroom.
There are at least 4 ways diseases can be transmitted by hand:
- Hands to food: germs are transmitted from unclean hands to food, usually by an infected food preparer who didn’t handwash after using the toilet. Hepatitis A and shigella food-poisoning are examples.
- Infected infant to hands to other children: during diaper changing, germs are passed from an infant with diarrhea to the hands of a parent; if the parent doesn’t immediately wash his or her hands before handling another child, the germs that cause diarrhea are passed to the second child.
- Food to hands to food: germs are transmitted from raw, uncooked foods, such as chicken, to hands; the germs are then transferred to other foods, such as salad. Cooking the raw food kills the initial germs, but the salad remains contaminated. Bacterial food-poisoning results.
- Nose, mouth, or eyes to hands to others: germs that cause colds, eye infections, and other illnesses can spread to the hands by sneezing, coughing, or rubbing the eyes and then can be transferred to other family members or friends.The H1N1 flu spreads in this manner.
And there’s a proper way to wash those hands.. plenty of water and soap for at least 15 secs to cover all parts:
And while we’re on this subject, can someone improve the thermal scanners at airports and devise one that will do this: 🙂
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