It’s that time of year again! As we all begin to celebrate holidays this winter, it’s more important than ever to make sure hand hygiene remains at the top of our lists. December 1 – 7 this year is National Handwashing Awareness Week, and we are having some fun with it this year. Monday, yesterday, and today. we’re posting brief articles with interesting “Did You Knows” about why it’s important to wash your hands. On Thursday, Mel is spending some time at a local elementary school to create a number of Handwashing Superheroes out of the grade 4/5 students she’ll be spending time with. And on Friday we’ll wrap up the week with some of the images and items that come out of Mel’s day with the students on Thursday.
Wednesday’s “Did You Knows”:
- The CDC, FDA, and Public Health Agency of Canada all recommend using regular soap and water to wash your hands, and to wash your hands more frequently during cold and flu season.
- Only 1/3 of adults wash their hands after coughing or sneezing.
- Germs can thrive up to 48 hours on some surfaces!
- Improper hand washing technique when dealing with the common cold leads to $25 billion in productivity losses in the US – only 1/4 of this is due to absenteeism.
Be sure to check back every day this week for more information!