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Keep those hands clean

Published:Wednesday | March 30, 2016 | 3:50 AM

There has been much concern and anxiety surrounding the prevalence of the H1N1 influenza virus in Jamaica. Persons can protect themselves and their families by simply washing hands with clean water and soap regularly.
Simply:

1. Wet hands with clean water

2. Lather with soap (for example, with Dial® Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap)

3. Scrub hands, ensuring that you wash between fingers and palms, under fingernails and the back of the hands for 20 seconds

4. Rinse with clean water

5. Dry with a paper towel (use the same paper towel to turn of the tap and open the door)

This simple task, when done regularly, (before and after activities) can assist in minimising the spread of H1N1 and other viruses by removing common germs.
Hand washing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine, but with the added benefit of being inexpensive, easily accessible and simple to do.
It is important to note that when soap and water are unavailable, a hand sanitised with at least 60 per cent ethanol like Dial® Hand Sanitizer is a good substitute while we on the go.
Hand washing is a win for everyone, except the germs.