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Stay Healthy with Good Hand Hygiene

Lee Health in the Community
Author name: Lee Health

Practicing good hand hygiene – washing our hands well and frequently – is crucial to helping us stay healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises using soap and water and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used and should have at least 60 percent alcohol, but it is always better to use soap and water to clean your hands.

Because it is flu season, and we are still contending with COVID-19 (though spread has decreased significantly in our community), we at Lee Health thought it would be helpful to remind everyone in our community of the proper method for hand-washing:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Rub your hands together to make a later. Scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  • Remember to keep scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands with a clean towel and use the towel to turn off the faucet.

If you are using alcohol-based sanitizer to get your hands clean because it is your only option, then:

  • Apply the product to the palm of your hand.
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers and continue rubbing until your hands are dry.

In addition to washing your hands frequently, avoid close contact with people who are sick. You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and you should stay home if you are sick.

Should you need medical attention, Lee Telehealth is a great option to get the care you need without having to leave your house, which greatly reduces your exposure to germs from others and others’ exposure to your germs.