PROTECTING YOUR RESIDENTS AND YOURSELF FROM ILLNESSES
Norovirus and Influenza are
at a high rates this time of year. The
single most important preventive
measure to reduce spreading germs
and getting sick is good handwashing.
CDC Guidelines for good handwashing
are as follows:
When should you wash your hands?
• Before, during, and after preparing
• Before eating food
• Before and after caring for
someone who is sick
• Before and after treating a cut
• After using the toilet
• After changing diapers or cleaning
up a child who has used the
• After blowing your nose, coughing,
• After touching an animal or
• After handling pet food or pet
• After touching
What is the right way to wash your
• Wet your hands with clean, running
water (warm or cold) and
• Rub your hands together to
make a lather and scrub them
well; be sure to scrub the backs
of your hands, between your
fingers, and under your nails.
• Continue rubbing your hands
for at least 20 seconds. Need a
timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday”
song from beginning to
• Rinse your hands well under
• Dry your hands using a clean
towel or air dry them.
• If you do feel ill it is very important
you stay home until symptoms
subside so you do not expose
others to your germs.