Who doesn’t remember our moms reminding us (incessantly, it may have seemed!) to wash our hands?
As with so many things, science backs up mom's admonitions about the important role in day-to-day health that this simple act plays.
To sum that science up, contact transmission of germs from person-to-person, either directly or by way of an intermediary surface, is responsible for tens of thousands of cases of cold, flu, norovirus, salmonella and other illnesses. Not only might you feel awful with one of these infections, you lose days at work/school, may infect others, and in some cases, may face serious complications requiring hospitalization.
Based on CDC statistics, community initiatives to improve handwashing rates and technique can reduce:
Effective handwashing is more than just a quick rinse:
Studies to date have shown no added benefit to using soaps containing antibacterial ingredients in everyday situations. (It's different for healthcare professionals in medical settings).
What about hand sanitizer? Glad you asked!
Washing is considered the most effective way to remove germs. But, if clean, running water isn’t available and hand sanitizer is, then it beats doing nothing. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer with a 60%-or-greater concentration of alcohol. Use a large enough amount to cover all of the surfaces you’d wash (see above), and let it dry completely before touching anything or wiping hands. Sanitizers also work best when hands have been in contact with germs, but aren’t greasy or visibly dirty.
Where did 2015 go? Hopefully, it's been a collection of good times, good friends and a fitter YOU! No matter your fitness right now, though, you can always use a few extras in your toolbox. Or, maybe you're in the process of transforming yourself, and looking for concrete steps to help you reach your goals. We'd like to offer you 30 tips (and a bonus) to assist as we launch ourselves into 2016: