Hand-washing keeps flu at bay

NEW CUMBERLAND – West Virginia University Extension Service is working to reduce the impact of this year’s flu season.After a record high flu season last year, it’s important to take the right steps to stay healthy.

The best protection against the flu is hand-washing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, clean hands save lives. Health educators with West Virginia University Extension Service teach that the best way to wash hands is to lather them with soap and warm, running water.

Rub hands vigorously for about 20 seconds. Rinse with warm, running water; dry with a paper towel; and finally use the paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the bathroom door.

Additionally, the CDC recommends that you take these everyday steps to to healthy. Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after use. Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

For information about health and safety practices, contact the Hancock County office of the WVU Extension Service at (304) 564-3805.