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Clean Living: Handwashing

June 3, 2020

This blog is the fifth in an education series about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while following the Stay-at-Home order.  Healthy Living blogs will be released each Wednesday and will be made available at www.perrymemorial.org/healthyliving.

Clean hands count!

Handwashing is a lifesaver in preventing infections and the spread of infections. Healthcare workers may wash their hands as many as 100 times in a 12-hour shift depending upon the number of patients and intensity of their care. No matter where you work or whether you are at home, or out and about in the community, good handwashing with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer can protect you and your family from infection. Prevention is the key!

When to wash your hands

Wash your hands...

  • before touching your face or your child
  • before and after handling or eating food
  • before and after using the bathroom or changing diapers
  • after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing
  • before and after touching a wound
  • after touching your cellphone, pumping gas, etc.
  • after touching public doors, counters, or tables
  • frequently throughout the day no matter what you are doing

How to wash your hands using soap and water

  • wet your hands with warm water
  • add soap and rub hands together vigorously:  front to back, between fingers, over the top and over the palm of hands, and under the fingernails
  • rub your hands for at least 20 seconds, and don't forget your thumbs!
  • rinse for 10 seconds and dry with a clean towel / paper towel
  • turn off water using the towel
  • (discard the paper towel)

How to wash your hands using hand sanitizer

  • squirt a small amount of sanitizer onto your hand
  • rub your hands together vigorously: front to back, between fingers, over the top and over the palm of hands, and under the fingernails
  • rub your hands until the sanitizer is dry
  • do not touch anything until your hands are completely dry