It’s no secret what is going on all over the world right now. We as a whole are all being affected by the outbreak of this virus. Every country, worldwide. Just like any virus, some are much more vulnerable than others. While there may be many people who have a strong enough immune system to tackle this virus, others do not. Elderly, immune compromised individuals, pregnant mothers etc.
You will hear many different opinions on the virus and how to handle it over the coming weeks, but there are a few that are commonly agreed upon. But the one rule of thumb, above all else, wash your hands.
The CDC has simple steps to follow to ensure you are washing your hands enough to get rid of the bacteria.
Follow these 5 steps every time.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice (or any other song with the same timing you can think of- with children find something that can make it more fun for them)
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
If washing your hands in a public area, be sure not to use direct hand contact when exiting the bathroom.
We use our hands regualry, and keeping them clean and germ free is crucial for eliminating the spread of germs. We are constantly touching our face and mouth without realizing it. This can spread the germs right into our system.
When should you wash your hands?
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- 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 an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
- After touching any door or door handle other than your own
- After using a grocery cart or handling money
There are many other steps to take to prevent the spread or to just ensure you build up your immunity. Stay out of public places if you can, build your immunity with supplements such as Vitamin C, if you feel ill, stay home and if you cough, ensure you are covering your face.
Be kind to one another, help your neighbor, stay diligent but aware, and above all else, stay safe out there friends.