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