Colds and flu are common this time of year, but experts say those illnesses and other infections can be prevented with just a little soap and water. It is National Hand Washing Awareness Week (Dec 4-10), and medical professionals are educating people about the importance of hand hygiene. Dr. Robert Jackson explains that besides regular hand washing, it’s also important to avoid touching the “T-zone” – an entry point for germs.
Jackson notes there’s no comparing which is better, hand washing or sanitizer, as each has its own purpose. For example, soap and water are best for after using the restroom or when hands are dirty. Other times, hand sanitizer is a good option.
It’s also a good idea to remind others to wash their hands.