From OHC

March 23, 2020

OHC wants to remind patients, family and friends about the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of germs. Here are the most important things you can do to protect yourself and others.

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect you and your family from getting sick, not just during the coronavirus situation, but year-round. Here is when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.

Wash your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Here’s is how to effectively wash your hands:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.

Other things you can do to protect yourself from germs:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are not well.
  • Avoid large crowds.

Practicing good hand hygiene is one of the best ways to protect you and your loved ones from illnesses, which is especially important for patients with cancer and blood disorders. If you would like to know more about OHC, our doctors and services, or for a second opinion, please visit

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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