Wash Your Hands!

Hands being washed in sink

Hand hygiene has become a normal topic of conversation in the era of Covid-19, and for good reason. Touching your face and eyes with contaminated hands is one of the easiest ways to become a pandemic statistic.

When should you wash your hands? Here’s what the CDC says:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a wound
  • After using the toilet, changing diapers, or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or treats
  • After touching garbage

And especially now:

  • After you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people.
  • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

(View the complete guide on hand washing from the CDC)

Just how does soap work you may ask . . . according to Live Science:

“Germs stick to the oils and grease on our hands (sounds yucky, but it’s totally normal). Water alone won’t remove much of the germs on our hands because water and oil don’t like each other, so they won’t mix. But soap likes both water and oil. That’s because soap molecules are a type of surfactant, which means they have one end that’s water loving, or hydrophilic, and one end that’s oil loving, or hydrophobic.”

Now that you know the how, why, and when of hand hygiene, make sure your staff, students, customers and visitors know just how important it is. We have a full line of Hand Hygiene reminder signs, decals, and clings to help you get everyone heading for the soap and water.

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