How many times have you washed your hands while humming “Happy Birthday” (twice!) since March? The novel coronavirus has ushered in a new era of mindful handwashing, but why is it so important? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to other people.
In fact, evidence suggests washing hands with soap and water for 15 seconds (approximately one chorus of "Happy Birthday") reduces bacterial counts by about 90%. When an additional 15 seconds is added, bacterial counts drop by close to 99.9%. Removing germs through hand washing helps prevent respiratory infections and may also help prevent skin and eye infections.
Handwashing with soap and water removes germs and prevents illnesses and infections because:
December 6-12 is National Handwashing Month, so we thought it would be the perfect time to share these five steps, so you can be a handwashing hero:
For more tips on handwashing or keeping your family healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-378-9143. We’re currently offering telemedicine services to all PVHC patients because we want you to get the care you need from the comfort, convenience and—most of all—safety of your home.
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