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December 1, 2004

Wash Those Hands!

And keep you fingers out of your eyes!

'Tis the season for cold and flu. As massage therapists we don't qualify for a flu shot, so in an effort to prevent the spread of cold and flu germs we're suggesting that everyone entering our office wash their hands.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), washing our hands with warm soapy water is one of the simplest and most effective means of preventing illness.

One of the most common ways people catch colds is by rubbing their eyes with hands contaminated with the cold virus.

The CDC recommends vigorous scrubbing with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds, then rinsing with clear water and drying with a clean towel. Any soap will do. Itís not necessary to use anti-bacterial soap. In fact, the American Academy of Microbiology warns against widespread use of anti-microbial products because they are likely to lead to the development of more resistant bacteria.

Posted by linda at December 1, 2004 8:42 AM

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