Wash up! Healthy Huskies on the importance of hand-washing

Natalie Wittman, Staff Writer

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Handwashing is a simple task that is often forgotten by students. Although handwashing may seem trivial, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that it plays a major role in illness prevention and reducing the spread of germs.

As students, we have other activities happening in our lives that need our time and attention. Learning how to prevent the spread of illness is important to keep us healthy to be able to do our best mentally, physically, socially, and academically.

The CDC recommends five easy steps to take when washing your hands: wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry. Below is a description with a little more information on each of the steps.

Wet hands with clean, warm water.

Lather your hands with soap. Do not forget the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.

Rinse your hands under clean, running water.

Dry your hands using a clean towel or give them a good shake.

Here are some friendly reminders for when you should wash your hands: before, during, and after you prepare food; before eating anything; before and after caring for someone who is sick; when you get home from class; after you use the bathroom; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; after touching garbage or clearing your tray in the dining hall; after petting an animal; after going to the gym.

Sometimes it may be difficult to get to a sink with soap. As a suggestion, carry around a travel sized hand sanitizer for when you encounter any of these situations.

One final note to remember is to try to not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. This can play a role in the spreading of germs and infections. Handwashing is important year round, not just in the winter months.

Make it a priority to wash your hands frequently to keep you and the rest of the Husky community healthy.