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Tricia says fight germs, wash your hands - the right way

Registered Nurse Patricia Harper spoke at the March Caregivers meeting about how to avoid germs during this virus season. She said rather than panic, use common sense in daily self care. She gave handouts with information on how to stop the spread of germs from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The first was how to wash hands - the right way.

How to wash hands the right way to fight germs -- It sounds so simple, yet most of us are not thorough enough in hand washing to get the germs off. Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way.

Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time:



- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold).

- Turn off the tap and apply soap all over hands.

- Lather the soap onto your hands by rubbing them together. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end - twice.

- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

And Patricia says remember not to touch sink taps, flusher, nor door handles as you prepare to leave the bathroom.

When you should wash your hands:

- Before, during, and after preparing food

- Before eating food

- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

- Before and after treating a cut or wound

- After using the toilet

- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

- After handling pet food or pet treats

- After touching garbage.


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Patricia Harper, RN, talks about virus



2020-03-10 - Columbia - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Experienced Adair County Registered Nurse Patricia Harper spoke at the March Caregivers meeting about how to avoid germs during this virus season. She said rather than panic, use common sense in daily self care. She gave out handouts with information on how to stop the spread of germs from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a recommended source for information. Among the first she shared was on how to wash hands - the right way.

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Hand washing to fight virus in the spotlight



2020-03-10 - Columbia - Photo from the CDC.
Something as simple as washing our hands - the right way as indicated by the healthcare community - goes a long way in prevention of spreading germs like those in the news today. Patricia Harper, RN, recommended using information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a key way to help stop the spread of germs. She said washing hands the right way is vital to stopping the spread of disease.

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