Did you know?

Our hands are potentially 2 of the most lethal weapons that could unknowingly aid in the transmission of the flu or flu-like illnesses such as COVID-19!

  • 80% of communicable diseases can be transferred by touch.
  • COVID-19 is shown to be easily spread by touch.
  • Touching your face with “compromised” hands can easily aid in the transmission of many illnesses including pneumonia, colds, the flu and COVID-19.
  • Pneumonia is the number one cause of childhood death and is often preventable by regular and diligent hand washing.
  • While typically the most critical times to wash your hands are before and after preparing food and after going to the bathroom, even more hand washing than normal is required as a result of the current pandemic.

National Handwashing Awareness Week takes place the first week every December.  The CDC in conjunction with infection prevention experts across the globe come together to increase  awareness of this important information and to encourage everyone to engage in this simple but life-saving routine.  And this year this message is even more important than ever.  Facing a global pandemic, washing your hands diligently has never been so important.

It is suggested that, depending on your day’s activities, you could require an average of 6 to 10 times a day at 20 seconds per wash to help safeguard you from potentially harmful pathogens.  While this might seem excessive, it’s simple and it works!

The short amount of time it takes to wash your hands represents one of your most powerful defenses against catching and spreading COVID-19 and many other infections.  Given the current pandemic, please remember to wash your hands diligently for your benefit as well as the benefit of those around you.

For more helpful information please visit: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-hand-washing-awareness-week-first-full-week-in-december/

Stay safe and be well!


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