Hand washing and H1N1

By Robert Robillard on Uncategorized

Hand Washing and the H1Ni Virus – Does It Really Make a Difference?

Image: Proper hand washing technique.

Preventing Germs

Many people falsely feel that washing their hands will prevent H1N1.

While hand washing is great way to prevent many diseases, such as the common cold, it’s not very helpful to prevent influenza. The flu virus isn’t very stable on the hand.

The flu virus thrives in droplets of water, such as the kind that come out of your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Infectious disease experts and the CDC agree the flu is more likely to be transmitted through airborne particles than through hand contact.

Hand washing and H1N1

Practicing good hygiene and avoiding exposure are two of the best preventive methods, whether we’re in the midst of pandemic flu or you’re just suffering from an old-fashioned cold.

The CDC has emphasized several prevention techniques to include hand washing, vaccination and proper coughing and sneezing techniques.

The message here is to cough and sneeze into your elbow and to teach our children to do this as well. I am constantly amazed at how many adults do not do this.


Photo: Proper coughing or sneezing technique.

Keeping children home from school when sick is another way to stop the spread of a virus. It’s amazing how many sick children report to the school nurse and say that they’d woken up ill, but their parents sent them to school anyway.

What’s up with that?

If your child is sick, keep him or her at home. If you’re sick, don’t go to work.

Using this common sense approach will go a long way toward stemming the spread of H1N1 flu — probably more than washing your hands!!

CDC H1N1 Update Info.

Stay Well ~ concord carpenter


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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of ConcordCarpenter.com and ToolBoxBuzz, and a has a weekly column in the Sunday Boston Globe. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Contact Rob at: info@aconcordcarpenter.com

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