Hand Washing Q & A With Local Expert: Dr. Ponce!
When is it important to wash your hands?
You should wash your hands when visibly soiled, prior to eating, after the restroom, after sneezing or coughing or if touching a public area. When it doubt wash your hands. You never know for sure if the person before you was as good at hand washing as you.
What is better to use to wash your hands; soap and water or hand sanitizer?
It depends on the situation. Both are equally effective if used correctly. If your hands are visibly soiled you should use soap. In situation if no soap and water available hand sanitizer can be just as effective.
When everyone is heading back to school, what strategies can teachers use to help students have clean and sanitized hands in the classroom?
Make sure students sanitize their hands when they enter the classroom, after using restroom and prior to eating any meals or snacks.
What are some strategies to teach children the right way to wash their hands from a young age?
The most important is setting a good example by being good hand washers ourselves. You can have them sing the ABCs while they wash to know they are washing long enough and getting a good soap lather.
Staying Healthy All Year Round
You can prevent the spread of germs all year round simply by washing your hands properly! Just remember, it’s 20 seconds long and throughout the day, especially before meals and after using the toilet. Stay healthy and avoid the germs that may make you sick by using these tips.
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