Start Spreading the Word... Not the Germs!
“Handwashing is the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading the illness to others.” - Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
In fact, one of the most common ways people catch illnesses such as colds and the flu is by coming into contact with another person’s infected cough or sneeze. The tiny microscopic droplets from a cough or sneeze can come into contact with other people’s mouths, noses, and eyes, introducing their bodies to the germ. Sometimes germs can be spread when a person touches his/her own eyes, nose, or mouth after touching something contaminated by the germ, such as a doorknob, and by not washing their hands first.
Properly washing your hands with soap and warm water can remove a majority of the harmful germs that can make you sick.
Hand washing is especially important…
Immediately after you:
At work and school
In the work and school setting there are more people in a closer space making these settings a prime breeding ground for flu and cold causing germs! It is especially important to frequently wash or sanitize hands to keep from getting sick and spreading your illness to classmates and peers.
Educator tool kit:
Like most habits we learn them young--handwashing is no exception! Teaching young children in daycare and elementary school when and how to properly wash their hands can become a good habit they will stick to for life!
Like reading, writing, and math; handwashing must be taught. To help teachers and parents educate about handwashing Scott County Health Department has posted the following educational tools for your use.