The tail end of flu season is upon us. While it is almost over, we must continue to take preventative measures.
Touch transfers 80% of communicable diseases. Touching food with contaminated hands spreads food-borne illnesses like Salmonella, E Coli Staph and other intestinal infections. Proper hand washing also reduces respiratory infections by close to 20%.
If you do end up with a flu or cold on the tail end of this winter season season, Arizona Farm Bureau members have the benefit of obtaining RX prescription discount cards. Simply log onto www.azfb.org and download your free prescription discount card and start saving on your medicine.
Here are a few things we can all do to increase our hand hygiene and decrease illness:
- The recommended hand washing time is 15 seconds. The ideal washing time is 30 seconds. An easy way to time yourself is to think the alphabet slowly as you wash your hands. Kids say it out loud and love this entertaining way to wash their hands.
- Pay close attention to your fingertips and under your nails. The number of bacteria on your fingertips doubles after using the bathroom.
- Bacteria count is highest on your dominant hand. Yet most right-handed people wash their left hand more thoroughly than their right hand, and vice versa.
- Dry your hands completely. Damp hands are 1,000x more likely to spread bacteria than dry hands.
- Use disposable paper towels. Re-usable cloth towels harbor millions of bacteria.
Next time you properly wash your hands, you’ll be reducing the spread of infections and helping to protect you, your family and those around you.
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