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Effective January 4th, Inspira Health facilities are implementing mandatory masking due to increases in respiratory virus positivity rates throughout the area.
We’re taught from a young age the importance of proper handwashing hygiene to prevent illness and avoid spreading germs to others. Efficient handwashing with soap and clean, running water is the No. 1 way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
It’s an important lesson for the whole family to practice. Scrubbing germs away, correctly and often, is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses, including the common cold, meningitis, the flu, respiratory infections and diarrhea. Germs can easily spread from your hands into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make you sick.
When is it Time to Wash?
The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these key times to wash your hands when you are more exposed to germs that could easily spread to others:
Back to the Basics
Kids aren’t the only ones who need reminders about proper handwashing. Studies have found that the majority of adults commit just as many fouls when it comes to effectively cleaning their hands. Here is a refresh for everyone on the CDC’s recommended best practices:
Although they’re not as effective as soap and water, hand sanitizers can be a helpful alternative if you’re on-the-go with no place to find running water or soap. When choosing a hand sanitizer, look for alcohol-based options. These do a good job of killing most bacteria and viruses on contact. The alcohol will typically be listed as “ethyl alcohol” on the label. Purchase a few small bottles that you can leave in places like your car or work desk, and also take with you to outdoor events where you be left sink-less.
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