Hand washing can be one of the most effective ways to prevent spreading the cold or flu. When students move into the residence halls at the beginning of the year, it causes them to become more exposed to germs due to their close proximity to others; this can increase the amount of germs students can come into contact with. You can come into contact with lots of bacteria by touching your school desk, door handles, computers, and bathroom stalls. Having bacteria on your hands when you go to rub your eye or touch your face can spread bacteria into the most vulnerable parts of your body, and may cause you to become sick. Not only can washing your hands prevent you from becoming sick, it can also help in the prevention of spreading germs to your peers.
Here are a couple of steps to properly wash your hands:
- Wet your hands
- Apply soap to hands and thoroughly scrub them together, make sure to get in-between your fingers and under your fingernails, scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
- Rinse hands under water until hands are completely free of soap
- Dry your hands using a paper towel or an air dryer