The flu is miserable. The achy joints, congestion, tiredness, fever. It’s bad enough when a healthy adult gets the flu, but for a small child or elderly person, it can be very serious.
There’s one thing everyone can do that costs nothing, is painless and is proven to significantly reduce the risk of getting or spreading the flu virus. WASH YOUR HANDS often and thoroughly.
How to wash your hands like a health care worker
If your hands are visibly dirty, wash with soap and water, otherwise use a gel or foam hand sanitizer that has 70 to 90% alcohol content.
With soap and water
- Use warm water
- Rub palm to palm, between fingers, backs of hands and around thumbs
- Rub fingertips in the palm of your opposite hand
- Wash for at least 15 seconds
- Rinse under warm water to remove all soap
- Pat dry your hands with paper towel.
- Turn off the tap with paper towel.
With gel or foam hand sanitizer
- Start with dry hands
- Use one or two pumps of hand sanitizer
- Follow the same steps as washing with soap
- Rub until your hands are dry, which will take about 15 seconds.
That’s it! Super simple and super effective. Be sure to wash your hands after using the washroom, before and after handling food or eating, after touching handrails and door handles in public spaces, after coughing or sneezing and whenever you’re in contact with someone who is contagious.
Together we can help keep our friends, family and neighbours healthier this flu season.