Hand wash most effective way to avoid H1N1

Washing your hands is one of the simplest and most effective ways to avoid infections such as H1N1 and seasonal influenza, says a Geisinger physician.

“Washing your hands is one of the simplest and most effective ways to avoid infections such as H1N1 and seasonal influenza,” said Lisa Esolen, M.D., Medical Director of Infection Control, Geisinger Health System.

“Because this year’s H1N1 virus has been so contagious and has rapidly spread widely, it is especially important to remember to wash your hands,” she added.

“We don’t realize how often we touch our eyes, nose or mouth after having touched food, other people, or inanimate objects, all of which carry germs, that can lead to illness” Dr. Esolen said. “Handwashing is the single most effective way to minimize your risk for getting and infection or spreading one to others.”

To properly wash your hands, run them under running water and then apply soap. Rub vigorously for at least 20 seconds (say your ABC’s or sing “Happy Birthday” twice) develop a thick lather, and then rinse and dry.

“You should always wash your hands before eating, after sneezing, coughing, and after touching anything dirty,” Dr. Esolen said. (ANI)

1 Response to “Hand wash most effective way to avoid H1N1”


  1. 1 jindi December 30, 2009 at 11:08 am

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