Healthcare workers share tips after National Hand Washing Awareness Week

National Hand Washing Awareness Week ended on Saturday.

Jenni Thrower, a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System who works in infection prevention and control, said hand washing is very important for stopping the spread of illnesses, especially during the holiday season.

She said hands should be washed before and during food preparation, as well as before you eat those favorite holiday dishes.

Thrower also said that washing hands after using the restroom, before touching your face and after changing diapers can help keep you healthy and away from the hospital.

“Influenza has already struck La Crosse, and also the common cold and then your gastro-intestinal illnesses: they’re at the highest risk right now,” said Thrower.

Thrower said that hands should be washed from fingernail to wrist, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.

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