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This Year's Flu Disproportionately Affecting Children

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Jan 17, 2020

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For handwashing to be maximally effective against the flu virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend following this process:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to clean all surfaces on your hands (backs of your hands, between your fingers, under your nails, etc.).
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

During scrubbing, the World Health Organization has outlined the following steps:

  1. Rub your hands together, palm to palm.
  2. Rub the back of each hand with the palm of the opposite hand with fingers interlaced.
  3. Again, rub palm to palm, but this time with fingers interlaced.
  4. Rub the backs of your fingers using opposing palms with fingers interlocked.
  5. Rub around each thumb with the palm of the opposing palm.
  6. Finally rub the palm of each hand with fingers of the opposing hand.

By using this model for hand hygiene, you can protect yourself and others—especially children—from the spread of germs.

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