H1N1 – After the first round / hand washing

There was an article in the paper last week about the LACK of H1N1 outbreaks shutting down day cares. While expected to be the worst affected, so far, anecdotal evidence suggests that day cares appear to have had a similar or even lower incidence of H1N1 than schools, workplaces, etc.

The explanation given was that they did what everyone recommended and made sure the kids washed their hands thoroughly multiple times per day.


Follow advice / read the instructions – no ?

There were multiple articles on exactly how to wash your hands in various popular press periodicals, as well as our janitorial trade periodicals.

The one I clipped said “do what mother told you”, I.E.

– Thoroughly lather your hands with soap – soap is apparently preferable to alcohol based cleansers, but they are effective too.

– Wash for 20 seconds. 20 seconds is a VERY long time. The article I clipped describes this as singing “Happy Birthday” completely twice.

– Try to shut off the faucet with a paper towel so as not to recontaminate your hands at a high frequency touch point.

Remember also the talk about the flu having “peaked” current at this writing does not mean that flu season is over – usually there are multiple outbreaks, mutations to new strains, etc.

Keep washing.


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