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Sticky Situations: Preventing the Spread of Germs

Germs can be spread throughout the day, and virtually anywhere, from door knobs and telephones to shopping cart handles and gas pumps. As always, washing your hands frequently is the most important way to stop the spread of germs. If you missed our blog entry about steps for effective hand washing, you can read it here.

While we encourage you to wash your hands frequently throughout the day to help prevent getting sick, here are some key times when it is a must to lather up with soap and water and wash those germs away.

• When you return home from shopping or running an errand

• Whenever hands are visibly soiled with dirt, blood or body fluids

• After using the bathroom

• After blowing your nose or sneezing

• After coughing into your hands

• Before and after handling food, eating, drinking or smoking

• After handling garbage

• Before and and after changing wound dressings

• After handling soiled linen

• After handling pets and animals

• Before using respiratory medical equipment and supplies, and after removing gloves