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Dec. 2-8 is National Handwashing Awareness Week

December 7, 2012
Estherville Daily News

Do you have a cold or flu? Do your kids? Does your neighbor or neighbor's kids?

If you answered yes to the previous questions, chances are that you might actually benefit from some tips about National Handwashing Awareness Week.

It should come as no surprise that this week is designated just as flu and cold season is getting into full swing. And just like everything else we learned when we were kids, handwashing is one of those things we should heed - no matter what our age.

So why handwashing? Well, because of where our hands have been and where they go.

People with colds and flu of course use their hands. If you just follow the germs, you'll see them go from people's mouths and noses to a door handle or piece of paper that then goes into someone else's hand, and voila!

So here's some tips:

n Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating. If you use antibacterial soap, that's even better.

n Do not cough into your hands.

n Do not sneeze into your hands.

n And above all, do not put her fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.

And remember the "T" zone. That's the area from your mouth to your nose to your eyes.

Most diseases enter our bodies through the mucous membranes of our eyes, nose and mouth.

And if you sneeze or cough, try doing so into the crook of your elbow. Sneezing into your hand only allows germs to spread when you touch something.

We can all fight diseases if we're careful not to spread germs to others or to let others spread germs to us.

So let's work together and let those dirty old germs find a different home.



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