I know that this is the season where people start to get sick so I ran across this article about hand washing. Some good stuff here check it out! #bigbinkshow
The Power is in Your Hands!
We can’t stress this enough. There are three
reasons why you should wash your hands
regularly and thoroughly during travel (and at
1. Our hands carry thousands of
microorganisms such as viruses and
bacteria. Many are harmless but some are
responsible for illnesses like the common
cold, influenza, traveller’s diarrhea, hepatitis
A, and meningitis. Since we touch our face
hundreds of times a day – often
unconsciously – unwanted germs enter our
body through our eyes, mouth, and nose to
attack our immune system.
2. Everyday we come into contact with
surfaces or food contaminated by someone
who hasn’t washed their hands properly. For
example, un-wanted germs hitch a ride on
our hands when we exchange currency,
touch railings, use automated bank
machines, eat improperly handled or
undercooked food, as well as with poor body
and toilet hygiene.
3. Washing hands is proven to saves lives. Not
only are you protecting your health, you
have the power to break the cycle and
prevent others from getting sick. Proper
hand washing reduces the chance of
children, the elderly, and persons with
chronic health conditions or compromised
immune systems from developing health
Protect Yourself and Others
Here’s a reminder of when and how to wash
your hands properly.
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
with soap and warm water (cold water is fine
too if there’s no warm water available),
singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice. See proper
hand washing technique diagram below.
• No access to soap and water? Carry an
alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least
• Wash your hands every time they are dirty;
before preparing or eating food, after using
the toilet or changing a diaper; before
dealing with cuts, scrapes, or wounds; after
petting animals; and after handling garbage
• Keep your hands away from your face,
mouth, nose, and eyes.
• Do the sleeve sneeze if you don’t have a
tissue or handkerchief. If you use a tissue,
dispose of it immediately.
A Note on Mind and Body…
Managing travel stress by exercising (even just
stretching or walking) and getting the right
amount of sleep will also help you stay healthy.
Practicing good hygiene leads to being
comfortable and feeling good about yourself.
Since you may not find all the hygienic amenities
you need during your trip, consider packing
• Mints, gum, or mouthwash
• Facial cleansers
• No rinse body soap, castile liquid soap, or
• Extra tissue, toilet paper, and wet wipes
available in travel packs
• Feminine hygiene products
• Condoms to protect against sexually
• A basic First Aid kit
For the Full article check it out HERE
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