Flu Prevention Can Start with Proper Handwashing – and Singing Happy Birthday!

    Although it hasn’t grabbed too many headlines as of yet this year, the Flu Season is upon us. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced earlier this month that cases of influenza are on the rise across the country and severe cases have been reported among young and middle-aged adults, some of which were serious enough to result in the patient being admitted to an intensive-care unit or even dying. Most of these patients had not received this year’s flu shot.

    The CDC recommends that everyone six months or older receive a flu shot and says it is not too late to get one if you haven’t already. Another important step to help protect against getting the flu is hand washing. According to the CDC, keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important things we can do to avoid getting sick or spreading germs to others.

    Proper hygiene for hand washing has five components: Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse and Dry. Once you get your hands wet with clean, running water, you must rub your hands together with soap to lather them thoroughly, including the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails. Next you should scrub your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. If you don’t have a timer nearby, the CDC recommends singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Then rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Finally, dry your hands thoroughly.

    Taking a little extra time over the next few months to follow these recommendations completely is an excellent way to not only reduce the possibility you will get sick but also protect the health of those around you. If you work in an office or school, encourage everyone in your vicinity to do the same.

    As the leading manufacturer of fast drying hand dryers, we at World Dryer are pleased to be part of the effort to stave off the flu by helping you get your hands thoroughly dry after you wash them.

    It’s important that we all do our part, so we hope you keep singing over the next few months!