December 4-10 is National Hand Washing Awareness Week

The National Center for Infectious Diseases suggests washing your hands:

  • before, during and after food preparation
  • before and after bathroom use
  • after handling pets
  • throughout the day if someone near you is sick, or if it seems there are a number of co-workers walking around with a cold or the flu

Also, don’t think a quick swish under the faucet is enough. You need to work up a good lather with soap and water for about 10-15 seconds and scrub thoroughly before rinsing well and drying your hands. If dry skin is a concern, try using a moisturizer after washing.

Furthermore, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians outline the following four principles for hand awareness:

  1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
  2. Do not cough into your hands.
  3. Do not sneeze into your hands.
  4. Above all, do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.

(via Fighting Workplace Germs » Standard-Times)