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DPH reminds CT residents to wash their hands

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Oct. 15 is Global Handwashing Day. (WFSB) Oct. 15 is Global Handwashing Day. (WFSB)
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Connecticut residents are being told the importance of washing your hands.

Oct. 15 is Global Handwashing Day and officials with the Connecticut Department of Public Health are showing how people can stay healthy by using this technique. 

Infections such as the flu can be spread by people not washing their hands, DPH officials said.

“Keeping our hands clean is one of the best things we can do to keep from getting sick and avoid spreading germs to others,” Dr. Richard Melchreit, the DPH healthcare associated infections coordinator, said in statement on Thursday.   

Melchreit said good hand washing can protect Connecticut residents from getting sick.

“Good hand washing at school and home can help whole communities stay healthy. It’s quick and simple and can keep us all from getting sick,” Melchreit said.

DPH officials released the times people should wash their hands. They as follows:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

DPH officials also explained how to wash your hands:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Melchreit said if there is no water and soap available, people can “use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to clean hands.”

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