As Cases Of Stomach Flu Increase, Hand Hygiene Mistakes Can Spread The Illness

As the cases of stomach flu rise, it’s essential to take necessary precautions to prevent its spread. One of the most effective measures is hand hygiene. However, a common mistake people make while practicing hand hygiene can spread the stomach flu instead of preventing it.

The mistake is not adequately drying your hands after washing them. It may seem like a minor oversight, but damp hands can carry germs and bacteria, making it easier for the stomach flu to spread from one person to another.

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When you touch an object or surface with damp hands, you can leave behind a trail of germs that infect others who come into contact with the same surface. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wet hands can transfer up to 1,000 times more bacteria than dry hands. This is because bacteria thrive in moist environments, making it easy for them to multiply and spread.

So, how can you avoid this common hand hygiene mistake? It’s simple: always dry your hands thoroughly after washing them. You can use a clean or paper towel or let them air dry. If you’re using a shared towel, ensure it’s washed and cleaned before using it.

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Additionally, washing your hands frequently and thoroughly is essential, especially after using the bathroom, before eating or preparing food, and after being in public places. Use warm water and soap, and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, making sure to clean between your fingers, under your nails, and the backs of your hands.

Stomach flu, also known as gastroenteritis, is a highly contagious illness that can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. It spreads quickly through contaminated food, water, and surfaces. By practicing proper hand hygiene and avoiding common mistakes, you can help prevent the spread of the stomach flu and keep yourself and others healthy.