I see on facebook and other social media, everyone is sick. Some of my friends have had to stay home with their sick child. I read more and more that people are getting sick and there are easy ways to avoid being the next bed ridden person.

According to care2.com, Doctors are saying you should wash your hands in cold water. When people use hot water sometimes they don't hold their hands under the water long enough. People will hold their hands under the water longer when it's cold. It also saves energy by not waiting for the water to heat up. Doctors at Vanderbilt University say water at any temperature will do the trick.

You should be washing, both sides, with plenty of soap, rubbing them constantly, for about 20 to 30 seconds, the longer the better.

According to the CDC Government Page:

When should you wash your hands?

Before, during, and after preparing food

Before eating food

Before and after caring for someone who is sick

Before and after treating a cut or wound

After using the toilet

After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

After touching garbage

How to correctly wash.

Wet your hands apply soap. Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice. Rinse your hands well under running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.

For more information on handwashing, please visit CDC's Handwashing website. You can also call 1-800-CDC-INFO, or email cdcinfo@cdc.gov for answers to specific questions.

Be Well!!!