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Help Cut Down Germs on Hand Hygiene Day


Help Cut Down Germs on Hand Hygiene Day

These days, it seems like there are endless factors you have to take into account when considering your overall health. There’s one tried and true tactic that has always been effective, however, and that’s washing your hands. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect you and those around you from illnesses.

That’s why Frederick Memorial Hospital is proud to support Hand Hygiene Day on May 5th. Practicing proper hand hygiene can keep not only you healthy, but it can stop germs from spreading from person to person. In fact, hand washing has been described as a “do-it-yourself” vaccine by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s fast, easy, and it can make a huge difference.

Reducing the Spread of Germs

Killing germs is good for everyone. It keeps you healthy and prevents others from getting sick. Researchers have estimated that if everyone washed their hands on a regular basis, it would result in 1 million fewer deaths a year. Practicing proper hand hygiene also reduces the risk of foodborne illnesses, and can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16%. When hand sanitizer was used in elementary school classrooms, it resulted in a 19.8% decrease in student absences due to infection.

When to Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands often is always a good idea. There are certain times where germs are more likely to get on your hands and spread to others. You should wash your hands before, during, and after preparing food, as well as before eating food. It’s also important to wash your hands when caring for someone who is sick, treating a cut or a wound, or after using the restroom. If you’re changing a child’s diaper, blowing your nose, touching an animal, or touching garbage, washing your hands will help prevent the spread of germs.

How to Wash Your Hands

In order to wash your hands properly, it’s important to follow five simple steps. First, wet your hands with clean water and apply soap. Then, rub your hands together with the soap before scrubbing them for at least 20 seconds. If you need to time yourself, you can pass the time by singing“Happy Birthday” twice. Finally, rinse your hands under running water before drying them.

When to Use Hand Sanitizer

When soap and water aren’t available and you need to rid your hands of germs, it’s best to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It’s important that the hand sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol. You can see how much alcohol the sanitizer contains by checking the product label. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is more effective at reducing bacterial counts and causes less skin irritation than soap and water; it quickly kills germs so that they’re unable to adapt or develop resistance.

In order to use hand sanitizer properly, apply it to the palm of one hand before rubbing your hands together. Rub it over the entirety of both of your hands until they’re dry.


Hand hygiene is something that we can all practice. It’s an easy way to stay on top of your own health and to make sure you aren’t spreading germs to other people. Join Frederick Memorial Hospital in supporting Hand Hygiene Day on May 5th by using the hashtag #CleanHandsCount across all social media platforms. Together, we can help to make the world (and our hands) a healthier place.

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