Sentara Martha Jefferson Monday: Proper Hand Hygiene

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With winter in full effect, sickness is also running rampant. To stay healthy, practicing good hand hygiene is key.

“We’re trying to get germs off of our hands, one way or the other,” noted Andrea Alvarez with Sentara Martha Jefferson Infection Prevention.

“The soap itself, and then the friction from lathering and scrubbing helps to get the dirt, germs, anything that’s on your hands, off your hands and down the drain,” noted Alvarez.

Hand sanitizer, however, typically provides a more convenient option.

“The alcohol itself is able to denature, or break down the proteins that bacteria and viruses are made of, thereby killing them,” said Alvarez.

And having it handy makes it a good way to always make sure you and your family are protected.

“Have hand sanitizer easily accessible, maybe keep some in your purse so if you’re with your children you can give some to them easily and they can sanitize anytime, anywhere.”

For more information on this topic, call 1-800-SENTARA. If you have a question about your health you’d like us to answer, email healthquestions@nbc29.com.

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