All individuals on campus are encouraged to wash their hands regularly. Restroom facilities with soap for hand washing are available throughout the campus. Additionally, alcohol-based hand rub stations are located throughout the campus.
According to the CDC ( Show Me the Science – Why Wash Your Hands), washing your hands prevents illnesses and spread of infections to others. Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands. This helps prevent infections because:
- People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make people sick.
- Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick.
- Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or tools, and then transferred to another person’s hands.
- Removing germs through handwashing therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.
With specific regard to COVID-19, the CDC considers hand hygiene to be an
important part of the U.S. response to the international emergence of COVID-19. Practicing hand hygiene, which includes the use of alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) or handwashing, is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections in healthcare settings. CDC recommendations reflect this important role.