Washing your hands is a simple way to prevent illness and infection. However, washing your hands effectively is often overlooked. Brian Hollenbeck, MD, Chief of Infectious Disease at NEBH explains that properly cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, and is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
When should you wash your hands?
What is the right way to wash your hands?
It’s important you pay special attention to your thumbs, fingertips, and in between your fingers, which are areas often missed when handwashing.
In addition, alcohol-based hand sanitizers such as Purell© can provide a quick and effective alternative to washing with soap and water in some instances. These products are effective when the hands are not otherwise visibly soiled. As with washing with soap and water, be certain to apply hand sanitizer to all parts of the hands, rub in for 20 seconds, and allow hands to dry completely for best results.