January 27, 2020

Handwashing Awareness Week Tip: Don’t Touch Your T Zone

Handwashing Awareness Week Ends tomorrow, but good handwashing practices shouldn't. Washing your hands  is the best defense against illness and especially important during the winter months which are peak flu and norovirus seasons. Dr. Will Sawyer, a solo family practice doctor, has created the Henry the Hand Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of good handwashing practices as a way to prevent infection. According to Sawyer, "there are four elements of "hand awareness" that can prevent illness: washing your hands before you eat, not coughing into your hand, not sneezing into your hands,  and refraining from touching the mucous membranes of your eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Wash you hands with warm water and soap fro 20 seconds, about as long as it takes to sing Happy … [Read more...]

Today is Global Handwashing Day

Today is Global Handwashing Day! One of the best ways to prevent foodborne illness and other diseases is to thoroughly wash your hands frequently. And correctly. Many people do not wash their hands correctly, which increases your odds for catching the flu, a cold, or a bacterial infection. In fact, 50% of flu cases and 60% of gastrointestinal illnesses in schools are spread by dirty hands. Hand washing with soap and water is more effective at removing bacteria and viruses than antibacterial liquid. Human feces are the main source of pathogens that cause diarrhea. One gram of human feces can hold 10 million viruses and one million bacteria. Using the toilet, changing a child's diaper, or cleaning the bathroom can deposit fecal materials onto your hands. Studies have shown that children … [Read more...]

Food Safety Myth: Just Running Water is Enough to Clean Hands

The Partnership for Food Safety Education held a webinar last week all about fighting myths about food safety and kids. We're running a series on those myths, since believing them can make you sick. The first myth is that just putting your hands under running water is enough to clean them before eating or preparing foods. Here's the truth: rubbing hands with soap and water is the way to go. Make sure to scrub thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.. A recent study found that the most frequently missed areas are the fingernails, the backs of your hands, the thumbs, and the area between the fingers. Dirty hands spread infections. In fact, infections spread by unclean hands account for 50% of respiratory illnesses and 60% of gastrointestinal illnesses every school year. Other problems in … [Read more...]

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