Friday, September 18, 2009
As a reminder about the importance of hand hygiene, the Clean Hands Coalition has designated the week of September 20th through 26th 2009 as International Clean Hands Week. According to the Coalition, clean hands save lives.
Germs are everywhere. They are typically spread by hands. Just because your hands don’t look dirty doesn’t mean they’re clean. Germs cannot be viewed by the naked eye.
Major health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Public Health Agency of Canada, agree that handwashing and hand sanitizing with an alcohol-based hand rub are critical to help minimize the spread of germs, especially during times of illness outbreaks.
When should you clean your hands? The CDC recommends cleaning your hands:
- Before your eat
- After you use the bathroom
- Before, during and after preparing food
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After handling animals or animal waste
- After playing sports
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
- Before and after tending to someone who is sick
- After handling garbage
- Before and after treating a cut wound
- Anytime your hands are dirty
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International Clean Hands Week is sponsored by the Clean Hands Coalition, a unified alliance of public and private partners working together to create and support coordinated, sustained initiatives to significantly improve health and save lives through clean hands.