Clean hands are still the best medicine - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Clean hands are still the best medicine

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Public Health and the CDC continue to urge good hygiene practices like hand washing to cut down on the potential spread of the H1-N1 virus, but which is better soap and water or hand sanitizer?  

Health officials say technically either one will do. The only concern for children is that they don't get hand sanitizing products in their mouths.

Some south Georgia schools prefer the hand sanitizing stations for older students and hand washing for young students, but unless you've got a big mess either one is a good practice.

"If the hands are grossly contaminated with mud or dirt or whatever then certainly soap and water's going to be more effective, but hand sanitizer that has greater than 60% alcohol is going to be effective," said S.W. Ga. Public Health Deputy Director Brenda Greene.

In addition to keeping your hands clean, they also recommend not touching a lot of common surfaces to cut down on the amount of germs you encounter.

Feedback


©2009 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Counseling still available for Americus officers after two men died in the line of duty

    Counseling still available for Americus officers after two men died in the line of duty

    Thursday, March 30 2017 3:01 PM EDT2017-03-30 19:01:11 GMT
    Jody Smith (left) and Nick Smarr (Source: Facebook)Jody Smith (left) and Nick Smarr (Source: Facebook)

    "That event is something that's still very painful for the community and painful for the department," said Americus Police Chief Mark Scott. The community continues recovering after two officers died in the line of duty nearly four months ago.

    More >>

    "That event is something that's still very painful for the community and painful for the department," said Americus Police Chief Mark Scott. The community continues recovering after two officers died in the line of duty nearly four months ago.

    More >>
  • Pelham street signs will soon go up to honor State Championship team

    Pelham street signs will soon go up to honor State Championship team

    Thursday, March 30 2017 11:03 AM EDT2017-03-30 15:03:00 GMT
    (Source:WALB)(Source:WALB)

    The votes are in and Pelham has officially revealed it's new street signs honoring the girl's basketball state championship teams. The city polled community members on it's facebook page with two different designs.

    More >>

    The votes are in and Pelham has officially revealed it's new street signs honoring the girl's basketball state championship teams. The city polled community members on it's facebook page with two different designs.

    More >>
  • Sumter Co. Fire Dept. fights blaze at home

    Sumter Co. Fire Dept. fights blaze at home

    Thursday, March 30 2017 10:50 AM EDT2017-03-30 14:50:21 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Sumter County Fire & Rescue is on scene of a house fire off Highway 280 East. 

    More >>

    Sumter County Fire & Rescue is on scene of a house fire off Highway 280 East. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly