Health Matters

A Hand Washing Refresher For The Holidays

Guest: Professor David Raskin

Proper hand washing protects us from infections. Stay safe this holiday season! Professor David Raskin, a microbiologist in the department of biomedical sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine gives us a refresher course before the holidays.

“Washing hands can help stop the spread of COVID-19, and prevent the spread of other illnesses. Every day we pick up germs on our hands, touching people and objects. If that's followed by touching food, or the mouth, nose, or eyes, we can get sick with diarrheal or respiratory infections. Hand washing protects us and others.”

“The best method involves 4 steps:

  • Wet your hands with clean water.
  • Apply soap and lather for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse well with water.
  • And, finally, dry with a clean towel.

“This process will remove most of the harmful germs from the hands. During the holidays, we often cook or bake for others. Washing hands before, during, and after cooking can prevent the spread of disease to our friends and loved ones.”

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