Are You One of 95% of People Improperly Washing their Hands?
Washing one’s hands seems like a simple enough task, and for most people it is one that is repeated several times throughout the day. For about 95% of people, however, this is a task that is not done properly. Hand washing is the best way to stop the spread of germs that can get you sick with the cold or flu, but you need to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds to effectively kill the germs that linger on your skin from contact with dirty surfaces in public areas. Typically, people fall short of this time limit and avoid scrubbing the entire surface of the hand. Hand washing habits also tend to become more relaxed throughout the day, so people may have better habits in the morning than they do at night. The CDC recommends singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice while washing your hands so that you know you have scrubbed ling enough.
If hand washing is not enough to keep you from getting sick this flu season, you can rely on the quick emergency care available at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center 24/7. To connect with us for healthy tips or emergency room wait times, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.