Navigation Links
Clean Hands are Key to Fighting Cold, Flu Germs
Date:9/24/2007

WILMINGTON, Mass., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With the cold and flu season now upon us, it's time for health-minded individuals to pay particular attention to washing their hands on a regular basis because, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cleaning our hands is the single most important measure people can take to keep from getting a cold or the flu.

"Studies have shown that 40 percent of women and 58 percent of men do not routinely wash their hands-including after using restroom facilities," says Adam Siegel, a certified hygiene program manager at UniFirst, which provides safety apparel and facility cleanliness products to companies throughout North America.

Health studies have shown that cold and flu germs are able to survive on and be transferred from many commonly touched surfaces for up to 48 hours. Some are obvious, like door handles, phones, and computer keyboards. But others tend to be less apparent, like elevator buttons, cafeteria tables, and debit card keypads.

When soap and water are not available, medical experts recommend that waterless hand sanitizing gels or wipes, such as Purell(R) products, be used as they can kill 99.9 percent of the most common germs that cause illness.

For hand washing to be truly effective, the CDC says it must be done for at least 20 seconds and involve a thorough cleaning of the front and back of the hands, as well as the areas between fingers and under the nails. And since damp faucets can provide inviting homes for cold and flu germs, cleanliness experts generally recommend turning knobs with paper towels and, similarly, activating blow dryers with paper or even elbows. In fact, Siegel says it's because of such concerns that companies like UniFirst are now finding a surging demand for motion-activated, hands-free soap dispensers and touch-free faucets.

As experts at the Mayo Clinic point out, hand washing doesn't take much time or effort, but it certainly offers great rewards in terms of preventing illness-particularly, they would likely add, when it comes to enjoying a sneeze-free cold and flu season!

UniFirst is a leading supplier of uniforms and work clothing to 200,000 business customers of all sizes and types throughout the U.S. and Canada. The company also provides facility services cleanliness products, such as restroom items and floor mats. For more information, contact UniFirst at (800) 225- 3364 or http://www.unifirst.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE UniFirst
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Cleanliness might lead to Asthma
2. Clean air protects lives
3. Unsafe Injections and Unclean Hand hygiene major cause of hospital infections in India
4. Contaminated Land Can Be Cleaned By Micro-Organisms
5. Clean Blades To Be Provided To Self-Harmers
6. GMC Gives Controversial Fertility Doctor, A Clean Chit
7. Cleaning Cathartic?
8. Mystery Behind Lens Cleansing Solution and Eye Infection Unresolved
9. Cleanliness Standards Dropped In NHS Hospitals – Patient Report
10. Cleanliness and Personal Hygiene –The Mantra to Prevent Food Poisonin
11. Three Scottish Hospitals Fail To Meet Cleanliness Standards: NHS
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Many families have long-term insurance that covers care for a family ... for care if the client has a cognitive impairment diagnosis. , “What this ... often waived, so the benefits from their insurance start immediately,” said Mechell Vieira, owner ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented ... the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is ... events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 ... characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in southern Oregon, ... health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to create AccentCare ... company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight years. This ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, October 21, the Health & Wellness ... Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Teams of up ... work together to keep their treadmills moving for 5 hours. Treadmills will start at ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  True Health, a ... amplified its effort during National Breast Cancer Awareness ... cancer risks. ... Oncology calculated that more than 10 million American ... mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 and have not had ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... Oct. 10, 2017   West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. ... for injectable drug administration, today shared the results of ... for improving the intradermal administration of polio vaccines. The ... Summit in May 2017 by Dr. Ondrej Mach ... World Health Organization (WHO), and recently published in the ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Korea , Oct. 4, 2017  South Korean-based ... next-generation CPR training aide "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device ... compression during cardiac arrests with better efficiency compared to ... also offers real-time feedback on efficacy of the compression ... crowdfunding campaign has a goal to raise $5,000. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: