By Emily J., Student Health Ambassador
You’re avoiding the elevators when you can, using hand sanitizer like it’s gold, stuffing your coat with tissues. It seems everybody is doing everything they can to avoid being sick…except realizing the importance of washing your hands! Hand-washing is the single most important thing you can do to avoid getting sick this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The flu virus and stomach bugs spread like wildfire, and many are not affected by hand sanitizer! So next time you pick up that bottle of hand sanitizer, put it down and follow these rules:
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Hot or Cold?
Doesn’t matter. Wash your hands with whatever you prefer.
Remember that little song you used to sing when you were little? Yes, I’m talking about “Happy Birthday.” Hum this in your head for the general “15 second rule” of hand-washing!
Antibacterial soap or regular?
All soap is antibacterial whether it says it on the bottle or not, so lather up!
Follow these simple rules and you will increase your chances of being germ-free. Don’t be another victim of the flu, lather up BU!
Click here for more information on hand-washing and the effectiveness of hand-sanitizer.
SPREAD THE HEALTH: Wash your hands with hot or cold water for 15 seconds with any soap to stop the spread of germs.
There are THREE ways to enter the giveaway: (1) Share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter and tag/mention us (2) Leave a comment below about how you avoid getting sick (3) Tweet at us or comment on our Facebook page answering the same question.
The more you do, the more times your name will be entered. We will pick one winner on February 8, 2013 using Random.org. This giveaway is open to Boston University students only. Good luck!