Prevention for the Common Cold : Hand Washing to Prevent the Common Cold

Hi! This is David Jackel on behalf of Expert
Village and I’m here to talk to you about washing your hands to prevent a cold. Now
hand washing is actually one of the best ways to prevent catching a cold. The germs that
you would catch, travel through your hands onto other parts of your body, specifically
your face. Most colds come from direct contact that you’re having with somebody else who
has the virus. Often times that’s like shaking hands with somebody, being in close quarters,
hugging, touching, anything when you’re close with somebody else, sharing things, touching
the same glass, touching the same silverware, touching the same food, stuff like that. So
what you should do is constantly be washing your hands, especially if you’re traveling
or if you’re in close quarters with people or you’re exposed to someone who might be
sick. Always be washing your hands and do it with warm water and soap, wash vigorously
for at least 20 seconds to make sure you loosen up all the germs. Now, you won’t always have
access to warm water and soap, so what you should do is carry hand sanitizer. I always
keep some hand sanitizer with me, in my car, in a bag with me if I’m traveling and this
is something you can take out whenever you need to and just put a little bit of on your
hands. If you’re shaking hands with people at a public event, you don’t know who is sick
or who is shaking hands with someone else who is sick. It’s really not worth getting
sick, so use some hand sanitizer. The important thing to remember is that hands are a vessel
through which germs can reach your body, so always keep your hands as frequently as possible.
Also, always wash your hands before eating and before touching your face.

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