I just learned that it’s National Handwashing Awareness Week!
That works in nicely with it also being National Flu Vaccination Week, as handwashing is your first line of defense against not only the flu virus, but all sorts of germs.
Related post: Handwashing 101
The Henry the Hand Prevention Program, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), offers these 4 Principles of Hand Awareness:
1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating
2. DO NOT cough into your hands
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth
Think about that last piece of advice. We all know germs are mostly passed between people by their hands. Do you have any idea how frequently you touch your face every day? Each time your hand comes into contact with your eyes, nose or mouth, a virus or bacteria can gain entrance to your body.
The program made a good public health video about this called Do Not Touch the T-Zone
If you’re a parent, teach your children to wash their hands properly and frequently, and model good handwashing skills yourself!