Category: handwashing

A Summer Like No Other: How to Stay Safe and Healthy This Season

Summer lawn with Child

If you’ve been hearing the phrase “the new normal” lately and wondering what it means, the writers of the Oxford Dictionary define it as “a previously unfamiliar or atypical situation that has become standard, usual or expected.” (1) Summer this year is going to be a little different than it has been in years past, Read More >

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Effective Handwashing: Learn. Teach. Repeat.

Soapy Hands

May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day. Of all the practical skills and lessons, learning to protect your health in a public health emergency or a natural disaster by teaching and practicing effective handwashing is the most important. Clean hands are essential to health, whether in an emergency or day-to-day life. Start making handwashing a Read More >

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Even More Practical Skills for the Holiday Host(ess) with the Mostest

Close up of a roasted turkey being brought to the dinner table on a serving tray.

This is an updated version of a post first published on December 17, 2018. Around this time last year, we published a post titled 5 Practical Skills for the Holiday ‘Host(ess) with the Mostest.’ And just like last year’s fruit cake, we’re baaaack with more do-it-yourself skills to help you prepare your health for the Read More >

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Practical Skills for Personal Preparedness

Practical Skills

September is National Preparedness Month. Throughout the month, the Center for Preparedness and Response will publish posts that highlight the work of public health departments as it relates to personal health preparedness themes. This week’s theme is Practical Skills. Practical skills are self-help and life-saving skills and lessons that you can learn, practice, and pass Read More >

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3 Reasons Why Handwashing Should Matter to You

Unseen woman washing her hands with soap in a sink.

Most of us are familiar with the parental-like voice in the back of our minds that helps guide our decision-making—asking us questions like, “Have you called your grandmother lately?” For many that voice serves as a gentle, yet constant reminder to wash our hands. Handwashing with soap and water is one of the most important Read More >

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Personal Protective Actions You Can Take in a Flu Pandemic

Period photo of a flu patients during the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Every fall and winter the United States experiences epidemics of seasonal influenza (flu). Sometimes a flu pandemic occurs due to a new flu virus that spreads and causes illnesses around the world. We cannot predict when a flu pandemic will occur, but over the past 100 years, we have documented four flu pandemics resulting in Read More >

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