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The Season of Illness is Here, Health Officials Say Wash Your Hands

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Illnesses are making the rounds from person to person, workplace to workplace and family to family, but health officials say there is a way to slow the spread of illness causing germs -- hand washing.

There are several times in a day when a person should be washing their hands, including some that many people don't normally consider. They include:

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

Not only is it important to know when to wash your hands, but health officials say some people need to learn how to properly wash up.

They say warm or cold water can be used, but the first step is to get your hands wet and soapy. Next, officials say proper hand washing includes scrubbing the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under nails -- all for at least 20 seconds. Then just rinse under running water and dry with a clean towel or air dry them.

When soap and running water are not available, health officials advise using alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. They say these types of sanitizer are helpful, but do not get rid of all types of germs.

Properly using hand sanitizer is simple. Squeeze some of the product into the palm of one hand and then rub all over hands until dry.

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