Avoid the flu bug with clean hands!
The season is changing and that can bring beautiful and not so beautiful changes! Cold and flu season is not so beautiful. These two illnesses are never fun to deal with but can be more worrisome when you are living with cancer. It is common to feel anxious and vulnerable to illnesses during and after cancer treatment.
We want to prevent these illnesses and good hand washing is one of your best weapons. Your hands touch objects all throughout the day. Germs on an object may be the way you pick up the cold or the flu. Viruses, germs, and bacteria need a way to enter your body. As a rule, your skin is a pretty good barrier. Keeping that in mind, it makes sense that it is important to wash your hands before these tasks:
- before preparing or eating food
- before and after touching a wound on the skin
- before touching your eyes, nose or mouth
You also want to protect others by washing your hands:
- after using the bathroom
- any time your hands are visibly dirty
Water and soap are the best way to clean your hands. If they are not available, a waterless, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is recommended after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing or when your hands are not visibly dirty.
Good hand hygiene can help prevent a cold or the flu!