|HAND WASHING – DIGITAL DILEMMA?|
There are excellent hand wash kits available through health authorities that help practice proper handwashing. An ultraviolet light indicates missed areas on washed hands.
Research has shown that the finger nail beds, and the centre of the palm of the hand are most frequently missed by soap when washing. Finger tips and hand tops are most often cleaned. Be thorough, wash often.
Check with your local health unit as they also have posters available as reminders and as instruction.
In IG activities, all parties need to wash their hands before and after contact with one another, and contact with apparatus and furniture surfaces. Young people also need to be instructed and monitored that any unexpected coughs or sneezes are covered with a sleeve, not a hand. Seniors should be aware of this precaution as well, although they still may prefer a handkerchief or Kleenex.
At all times care facilities and school, or community groups should communicate to one another the state of health in their facility. Precautions should always be taken in all health matters, and decisions on intergenerational activities should be guided by knowledgeable authorities, and not rumor, fear, or hearsay.
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