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Hand Washing to Stay Healthy

By Angela Pagenkopf, RN & Infection Preventionist – On behalf of the Safety Squad at Southwest Health.

Hand washing is one of the most important and least expensive means of keeping yourself healthy.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states, “Hand washing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine – it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry).

You can help to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so both you and others can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, such as cooking, eating, and using the restroom, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. “Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.”

Hand washing is so important on a daily basis but even more important during an influenza season like what we have experienced this year.  Take the extra minute to wash your hands and keep yourself healthy!

The Safety Squad’s mascot, Watson the Watchdog, hand washing like a pro!

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