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How to Keep Holiday Germs Under Wraps

Tis the season of family, friends, perpetual hope and, alas, the Grinchy germs of the holidays.

Believe us, folks, nobody wants the “gifts” harmful germs and pathogens are serving up this season.

This timely message from the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW) and the American Cleaning Institute reminds us that a simple, affordable way to fight off the Scrooge germs of the holidays is literally at our fingertips: Handwashing with soap.

“Handwashing with soap can protect us from a wide range of illnesses by preventing the spread of germs, including the influenza virus,” said Dr. Layla McCay, Secretariat Director of the PPPHW. “Washing our hands with soap helps us all fight influenza and stay healthy.”

Regular handwashing with soap is especially important for families with many holiday parties, concerts and social gatherings on their calendar.

“Families are concerned about staying healthy during the holiday season,” noted Nancy Bock, senior vice president for Education for the ACI. “Handwashing is especially vital during this busy time of the year with shopping and social events, many of which include food. Our message is simple: Frequent handwashing is one easy way to help prevent the spread of germs.”

Wetting hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), applying soap (either in bar or liquid form), rubbing hands together to make a lather and scrub them well (especially between fingers and under nails) for at least 20 seconds neutralizes harmful bacteria before it can cause infectious harm more than any other germ-fighting technique. Plus, you can pass the quick time by humming the chorus of “Jingle Bells” to yourself.

Here are some other proven measures to ensure you and your family stay safe from coal-like germs this holiday season:

  1. Trust The Germ-Killing Power Of Hand Sanitizer
  2. Get Enough Daily Rest, which is the best reinforcement for our immune systems and helps reduce the stress of the holidays
  3. Eat Healthy And Be Active
  4. Practice Good Hand Hygiene In All Social Settings

By practicing smart hand hygiene, we can assure ourselves that we are exchanging only gifts and not germs this holiday season.

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