Stop Spreading Colds/Flu: Wash Your Hands

ATLANTA (GA) – According to the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, proper hand washing is the simplest and most effective preventive measure individuals can take to reduce the spread of colds, flu, skin infections and diarrhea. Public health experts indicate that most infections are spread by picking up germs on the hands from contact with other people or by touching contaminated surfaces.

“Because so many of our everyday activities involve being around other people or touching public surfaces, we have to practice good hand hygiene to safeguard against infections such as the flu and cold,” said Dr. Sandra Elizabeth Ford, acting director of the Division of Public Health. “Our health is literally in our hands.”

Eating, nail biting, thumb-sucking, handling food and touching toys are all ways germs can be spread.

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