Did you know that we carry around 1,500 bacteria on each square centimeter of the skin on our hands, and even more under our finger nails? Many of these bacteria are picked up when we touch surfaces such as door handles, cell phones, pencils, pens, and other common school room supplies. What’s even worse, some of these bacteria can live up to three hours on our hands (Davidson Washroom, 2017).
Did you also know that because people frequently touch their eyes, nose and mouths, these germs can enter into our bodies and make us sick (CDC, 2019).
Never fear, according to the Center of Disease Control, one of the best ways to reduce the spread of these germs is through regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities such as eating, blowing our nose, going to the bathroom, and playing with our friends (CDC, 2018).
When washing your hands, remember these 6 simple steps that will help efficiently wash those pesky germs away.
How to properly wash your hands:
- Wet your hands
- Use soap
- Scrub together for 20 seconds
- Rinse your hands thoroughly
- Dry your hands
- Turn off the water and open the door with a paper towel.
Our hope here at Physicians Immediate Care Center, is that you and your family will have an illness-free school year. However, if you ever find yourself feeling a little bit under the weather, we are always here for all of your immediate health care needs. We are also excited to announce that we will be relocating Physicians Immediate Care Center to our brand-new building at 243 Cheney Drive, right across from Walmart. Happy 2018-2019 school year from our family to yours.