Journalism meets health care: that’s my line. My goal is to empower consumers to make wise choices with regard to personal health and public health. Every one of us is encompassed within personal and public health. No one glides through a single day without affecting or infecting life around us. Individual smart choices mean better health and health outcomes overall.
According to the American Public Health Association (APHA) May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day. Hand hygiene is critical to good health. I cannot stress it enough—Wash Your Hands with Soap in Warm Water. Hands can never be too clean as you are always in contact with microbes and viruses waiting, lurking, looking at us, and laughing in front of us when they clamp onto our skins and membranes and really, Make Our Month! Being sick is not fun. We’ve all been there. Young children and the elderly are especially sensitive to germs from hands and surfaces. I recommend that you take all precautions in hand hygiene, even at home where your bugs are your own.
I also recommend that if you have a loved one in a nursing facility; bring that special someone their own special bottle of hand sanitizer. Write their name on it. Make sure it’s in reach on their table. We must be active participants in our personal and public health matters.
Cheers, to continued good health!