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Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro Infection Control Expert Recommends Rips For Preventing Colds and Other Viruses|
WINNSBORO, Texas, — Flu season has come and gone, but experts at Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro (PHW) still recommend proper hand hygiene practices to prevent cold and other viruses from catching up with people.
“Every day I touch doorknobs, light switches, computer keyboards, phones and other random items that could contain flu and cold viruses,” said Dr. David Harrison, director of emergency medicine and a physician on the medical staff at PHW. “If I touch my nose, eyes or mouth after touching a contaminated surface and not washing my hands, I run a higher risk of catching a cold.”
Harrison recommends frequent hand washing, as well as the use of hand sanitizers.
“The reality is that not all situations are convenient to water and soap,” Harrison said. “Hand sanitizing gels, when used properly, are a good alternative when visible dirt isn’t present.”
Harrison reminds parents to keep gel sanitizers out of the reach of children.
“Young children may confuse the gel for something to drink, and older children may not understand that the alcohol contained in the gels is poison,” Harrison said. “The sanitizers should not be ingested.”
According to the Center for Disease Control, additional ways to prevent spreading viruses are:
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