While some circumstances clearly warrant a good handwashing, like using the bathroom, other situations may not always raise our handwashing red flag. Let’s help prevent harmful bacteria, viruses and other infectious “nasties” from spending too much time on our hands. Regular handwashing goes a long way in preventing the spread of many infectious diseases, including the seasonal flu. Handwashing red flags include:
- After you cough, sneeze or blow your nose.
- After shaking hands.
- After you touch door handles, phones, and other objects and surfaces that others touch or cough or sneeze on.
- Before you eat and/or prepare food.
- Before and after you come into contact with someone who is sick, or who has a chronic health condition, or others who may be at a higher risk for complications if they become infected. This includes young children, pregnant women, and adults 65 years and older.