Viruses can survive on your hands for hours and washing your hands regularly is a proven way to decrease your chances of getting sick. A study of 305 school age children found that youngsters who washed their hands 4 times a day had 24% fewer sick days due to respiratory illness and 51% fewer sick days due to upset stomach.
So, even though washing your hands is the simplest of tasks, here are a few tips:
- Use warm water
- Wash with soap for at least 20 seconds (imagine singing the "Happy Birthday" song twice)
- When using public restrooms, use paper towel to turn off the faucet. At home, make sure you routinely sanitize your bathroom faucet handles.
If you are not near soap and water, an alcohol-based gel will do.