Health Notes May 2020


Health Notes with Judy Jones
May 2020


Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
Handwashing is like a “do it yourself” vaccine.

According to the centers for disease control,
“the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands”. Judicious
hand washing can prevent not only common diseases like colds, but also more serious diseases like
Covid-19, hepatitis A, meningitis and infectious diarrhea. It’s quick, it’s simple and it can keep us
all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.
When to wash hands:
- Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, cleaning up after your
pets, or handling money.
- Wash your hands when they are dirty.
- Always wash your hands before eating. Also, before, during and after preparing food.
- Wash hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Don’t cough or sneeze into your
hands. Cough into the bend of your elbow.
- Refrain from putting your hand/fingers on your face i.e. eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid touching people and surfaces with unclean hands.
- Before and after treating a cut or wound.
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick.
- After touching garbage.
Correct way of washing hands
- Wet hands with warm water and use soap.
- Rub your hands together, making sure to scrub all areas. The most commonly neglected
areas missed in hand washing are the tips of the fingers, palm of the hand and the
- Rub for a minimum of 20 seconds or sing Happy Birthday. Jesus Loves Me or any favorite
- Rinse thoroughly, then dry hands on a clean towel.
- Turn faucet off with the towel to keep away from recontamination.

By frequently washing your hands, you wash away germs that you have picked up from other peo-
ple, or from contaminated surfaces, or from animals and animal waste. The simple act of consist-
ently performing this basic task properly will make a big difference in your own household as well

as in work, school and public settings.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which don’t require water, are an acceptable alternative when
soap and water are not available. Sanitizers may not eliminate all types of germs and might not
remove harmful chemicals. If you choose to use a hand sanitizer, make sure the product contains
at least 60% alcohol – then follow these simple steps. 1) Apply enough product to the palm of your
hand to wet your hands completely. 2) Rub your hands together covering all surfaces until they are
dry. One of the primary dangers for children is the high alcohol content. Adults should always
control a child’s hand sanitizer use.

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