Handwashing and proper hand hygiene are the number one way to prevent the spread of germs and disease.
Respiratory infections like RSV, COVID, Influenza and Gastrointestinal infections, can easily be spread from person to person or from a surface.
Hand washing protects yourself, your family and those with weakened immune systems from becoming seriously ill.
During cold and flu season, it’s especially important to stick to a strict hand washing routine. Our team at Catalyst Medical Group has tips and tricks to keep you healthy and keep the germs at bay.
It’s best to wash your hands with both soap and water. Water on its own isn’t effective at fighting germs.
Here are helpful step-by-step instructions on the best way to wash your hands:
If you wash your hands in a public place, use your elbow or a paper towel to turn off the faucet.
Wash your hands often every single day in addition to washing them after doing any of these activities:
You should also wash your hands after interacting with pets or places with large amounts of people like public transportation.
Hand sanitizer gel or wipes are a viable option to use if water and soap aren’t readily available.
Because handwashing is the absolute best way to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses, it’s of utmost importance to make it a top priority for you and your family this cold and flu season.
In case you find yourself sick after hours, on the weekends or you can’t get into your primary care provider, we offer express care for quality treatment of your illness. You aren’t required to have a provider here, to be seen in any of our departments.
If you’d like to learn about more ways you can slow down the spreading of sickness, contact our team today at one of our Catalyst Medical Group offices located in Lewiston, Idaho.