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Wash Away Germs

Updated: Wednesday, January 22 2014, 03:22 PM EST
Studies show 95 percent of us wash our hands improperly on a daily basis.

With cold and flu season in full swing, News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us how some local students are getting a refresher course.

Mary Beth Hagan, fifth grade teacher, "this time of year is very important to wash your hands because the flu is going around, fevers, so we stress they wash thoroughly so they don't pass the germs from one to the other."

Donna Goering, Park Ridge Infection Prevention, "kids learn by watching us.  So if we do hand washing and do it  properly ourselves, then kids are going to learn to wash their hands properly."

Donna's Tips:

  • Rinse your hands under running water. Put on some soap, make sure you wash under your fingernails and top of your skin, wrists for at least 20 seconds.
  • Reusing hand towels could be a way to spread disease or germs, so opt for a paper towel instead.
  • Keep sanitizer handy, just in case.
The Centers for Disease Control says make sure your hand sanitizer is at least 60 percent alcohol, otherwise, it may not be effective at killing germs. Wash Away Germs

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