The best way to prevent colds, flu and many other infectious diseases? Washing your hands!
Here’s the get-clean lowdown from the University of California, Berkeley, Wellness Letter.
Count to 20
Lather up with soap and rub all surfaces of your hands together for 20 seconds–the time it takes to say “Happy Birthday” twice. The whole process, from washing to drying your hands, should take 40 to 60 seconds.
Dry ’em
Make sure your hands are fully dry after washing. Wet hands are more likely to transfer bacteria to and from the next surface you touch.
Hand washing is generally the best way to de-germ hands, but alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a convenient option.
Source: Remedy’s Healthy Living booklet 2011