It’s National Handwashing Awareness Week! Spread the word, not the germs!

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This week is National handwashing awareness week. The CDC reports that handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine. Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent spreading germs.

Protect yourselves and your family from getting sick by practicing this easy and effective germ-killing exercise. Your immune system will thank you.

Your friends at Tria Health would like to share a few tips on handwashing!

Stay away from your “T-Zone”!

The T-Zone is your eyes, nose and mouth. Do what you can to avoid touching these areas, as getting germs into these areas put you at risk for developing flu-like illnesses.

Make sure you’re washing your hands often, but especially during these key times:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating
  • Before and after caring for a sick loved one
  • Before and after treating a wound
  • After using the restroom
  • After changing diapers
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing (or anytime you touch the T-zone)
  • After touching animals
  • After touching trash

The proper way to wash your hands

  • Wet your hands first
  • Lather your hands with soap (Make sure you get the backs of your hands, in between fingers and under fingernails)
  • Scrub your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or the air-drying method

Good, old-fashioned soap and water is the best way to keep your hands clean. But, if you don’t have soap and water available, the CDC recommends using a hand-sanitizer that is a minimum of 60% alcohol.

This week (and always), please remember to wash your hands to reduce the spread of illness. Just say no to germs!

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