Enterovirus D68: Wash Your Hands

With all the news out there about children contracting Enterovirus D68 it is extremely important that children wash their hands

Hand washing is the best way to prevent illness, whether it’s the cold or flu virus or other easily spreadable diseases. Parents and teachers should instruct proper hand washing techniques.
To effectively wash hands, use warm water to get the hands wet, lather with soap and rub rub hands together for at least 20 seconds — about the time it takes to sing “The Alphabet Song” once. Use a paper towel to dry the hands and throw the towel away.
It’s crucial to wash hands after:
• after using the restroom
• after blowing your nose, or coughing or sneezing into your hands.
• after handling raw meat, poultry and eggs
• before preparing food, eating, treating wounds or giving medicine
• after caring for a sick person
• after touching pets or pet toys
• after handling garbage

 What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection?

A: EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

  • Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
  • Most of the children who got very ill with EV-D68 infection in Missouri and Illinois had difficulty breathing, and some had wheezing. Many of these children had asthma or a history of wheezing.

 

Hand sanitizers have not been proven to kill EV-D68 – IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO WASH YOUR HANDS!!!

More information on Enterovirus D68  CDC –  WebMD

 

(****Please note we are not mentioning brand names of national brand hand sanitizers.)

Press Release: Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer Takes Over California

Alcohol-Free safeHands® Hand Sanitizer Establishes A Strong Retail Presence in California

Product Is Targeted To Meet Increased Demand During Cold & Flu Season

 

Boca Raton, Fla. (September 9, 2014) – safeHands® is the first Company to market nationally an alcohol-free hand sanitizer. safeHands® not only kills 99.99% of germs, but it also moisturizes hands.

While hand sanitizers have become increasingly important during the cold and flu season, safeHands® will be particularly appealing to health and safety-conscious consumers, who may have some skin sensitivity to or concerns about alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Dr. Jay Reubens, founder and CEO of safeHands®, says,”safeHands® is a perfect fit for the California market because it addresses the needs of the most health and safety-conscious shoppers since it is   non-toxic , not flammable, and particularly safe for and around children.”

The active ingredient in safeHands® is Benzalkonium Chloride (BAC). BAC, the same ingredient found in mouthwash, eye drops and popular first aid antiseptic sprays, has shown to have the same germ-killing effect as alcohol, according to studies published in journals like the Association of Operating Room Nurses. In addition, testing, conducted by Cal State Fresno University’s research department, proved safeHands®  passed all required FDA tests for efficacy and skin health.

 

safeHands®  is available in stores throughout the U.S. and specifically in Walgreens , Albertsons and Safeway stores in California. To find out more info about the benefits of safehands® and to locate your nearest store, go to http://safehands.com/
 

safeHands can now be found on the shelves of California Safeway stores.  Click here to find the nearest Safeway near you.

 

5 Ways You Can Prevent Colds At Work or School

Here comes the season for colds and flu. Most illness can be prevented. Here are some simple things you can do to prevent illness in the workplace or at school.

1. Wash hands often. The CDC says to wash your hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 

2. If you come in contact with anyone that is sick, try to avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose. Germs can get into your easily through these passageway.

3. Help others. If you are sick, call in sick. If you sneeze or cough, cover your sneeze with your elbow and not in your hand. Wash your hands anyway.

4. Disinfect with a disinfectant wipe.  Research from the University of Arizona found that phones, desks, fountain handles, microwaves, and computer keyboards contain large amount of germs.  Use caution wiping down electronics as they are sensitive to moisture.

5. Use hand sanitizer!  The CDC says to use alcohol based hand sanitizer. However, if you are looking for an alternative that kills 99.99% of those critters on your hands, check out safeHands Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer.

 

For more information you can check out the CDC’s  article on Preventing The Flu.