Common Cold

Common Cold

When should you wash your hands? Before, during, and after you prepare food Before you eat As often as possible if you are sick Before and after you have cared for someone who is sick Before and after you treat a wound or cut Before touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth After you change a diaper or clean up a child who used the toilet After you use the bathroom After you sneeze, blow your nose, or cough After you have touched a pet, animal feed, or animal waste After you have touched garbage After you enter and leave a hospital and health centers When your hands are dirty After you have touched things that have a lot of germs on them like: Handrails Elevator and ATM machine buttons Cell phones Remote controls Grocery carts Ketchup bottles in restaurant Drinking fountains Faucets Dish towels Soap dispensers How to wash your hands properly: If you are in a public restroom, get your paper towel ready to grab ahead of time. This way you do not have to touch the dirty handle of the paper towel dispenser after your hands are clean. Remove any rings or other jewelry and wet your hands with warm or cold running water. Apply liquid soap or lather with a soap bar. Rub your hands together and scrub them well. Scrub the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Keep rubbing your hands for at least 15 to 20 seconds. Try singing a song like "Happy Birthday" or the "ABC's" to make sure you wash for the right amount of time. Rinse your hands well under the running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry. Turn off faucets with a towel. Other tips: If you use soap bars, allow them to drain on a rack or use small bars and replace often. If you do not have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer. Remember, hand sanitizers do not kill all germs, so try to use soap and water. How to use a hand sanitizer: Apply the product to the palm of one hand. Rub your hands together. Rub the product over all your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. Be sure to rub sanitizer on the backs of your hands, between your fingers, around your nails, and on your wrists.