Hand Hygiene and Preventing the Spread of Germs this Flu Season

Post by Marty Cooney. Marty is the Manager for Infection Prevention at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Hand washing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another throughout your home, workplace, and entire community. It is especially important to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way. Organisms require a specific portal of entry in order to cause infection. Washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub is a key step you can take in your daily life to help protect yourself and others from getting sick.