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We were at a horse show last weekend. I noticed how many people pet their necks in the same spot. After such an event it is doubly important, not only for H1N1, but for other influenzas, C. Diff., and well as MRSAs, to wash your hands immediately afterwards, and before eating. A recent study demonstrated that Pet Therapy dogs spread germs amongst patients in a hospital.
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On CBC's The National: Health/Education, their video was intriguing...
some interesting statements were made. For those caregiving for young or old, there are different issues. But the facts are clear:
a virus can live on a hard surface for 1 to 2 days
a virus can live on a dish towel for 8 to 10 hours
hand washing is the key
sneezing and containing the virus is important
There are five steps to keeping hands bacteria-free :
1. Wet your hands with warm running water. 2. Add soap, and then rub your hands together, making a soapy lather. Do this away from the running water for at least 15 seconds, being careful not to wash the lather away. Wash the front and back of your hands, as well as between your fingers and under your nails. 3. Rinse your hands well under warm running water. 4. Pat hands dry with a paper towel. 5. Turn off water using same paper towel and dispose in a proper receptacle.
If you are ill Stay home. Prevent transmission. Stay away from high-risk folks, do not touch them or their personal effects.
If you are ill, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, or your sleeve, not your hand, to keep viruses out of the air. This is how Swine Flu (H1N1) spreads. Do not touch your face, mouth, or eyes. The virus enters your body through these orifices.
Use antibacterial pumped soap and water, not antibacterial sprays or gels, they do not kill Superbugs. The water rinses the bacteria and viruses away. After 5 uses of gels you must wash your hands with soap and water.
When do you wash?
Before, during, and after food preparation
Before and after touching a patient or client
In the bathroom
After handling any waste - animal or vegetable, e.g., litter boxes, diapers!