Hand Washing is Key to Avoiding Colds

Cold and flu season is right around the corner, and this is our annual reminder that the right janitorial supplies in Louisville can help you avoid contamination. Handwashing with an antibacterial soap is the single greatest way to avoid getting colds due to the way they are spread.

When someone with a cold sneezes or coughs, tiny droplets containing germs land on objects like telephones, doorknobs and computer keyboards. The sick person may also sneeze or cough into his hands, then make contact with those objects.

Here you come, feeling great! You use that same telephone, open the same doorknob or type on the same computer keyboard, and a few moments later, you touch your mouth or nose (often without even realizing it!). Done! You’re infected.

Some of the viruses that cause colds can thrive on these surfaces for hours. That’s why regular hand washing is the best way to prevent them from getting inside your body.

There’s plenty of evidence to back this up too — a military recruitment center in Illinois adopted a program named Operation Stop Cough. New recruits were directed to wash their hands a minimum of five times a day. At the end of a two-year period, those recruits reported 45% fewer incidents of respiratory illness than those who didn’t participate in the program.

We can all use a reminder of how to wash our hands the best way. First, wet your hands with warm water, then add antibacterial soap. Rub your hands for at least 20 seconds, making certain that you get between the fingers, under the fingernails and over your wrists. Use a nailbrush if you have time!

Next, rinse your hands completely and dry them using an air dryer or paper towels. Keep the paper towel handy to shut off the faucet, and use another to push the door open (or use your shoulder if possible!).

Do this throughout the day, but especially before and after eating, following a bathroom break and after you handle any garbage or food. If you cough or sneeze, protect others by washing your hands too.

If you don’t have access to a sink, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer until you can follow up with a good scrub. Apply the sanitizer to your hands and rub it into your wrist and fingers as well.

For more tips about how our janitorial supplies in Louisville can help you prevent colds (or to learn about our vacuum repair Louisville or janitorial equipment Louisville!), contact our team today!