By Sara Bondell writing for Moffitt Cancer Center.
After two Tampa Bay area individuals tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), concern for the respiratory disease now hits closer to home.
What’s one thing you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick? Hand washing.
Washing your hands is your best defense against germs. We are constantly sharing and transmitting germs by touching common surfaces, shaking hands and making physical contact with other people. According to the Centers of Disease Control, hand washing can prevent one in five respiratory infections. Cancer patients are especially vulnerable since chemotherapy and radiation wipes out their immune system.
It’s important to not only wash your hands, but wash your hands correctly. Here are five hand washing myths:
1. I only need to wash my hands after I use the restroom.
Touching common surfaces that other people have been touching puts you most at risk to pick up germs on your hands. You should wash your hands:
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