The Importance of Hand Washing

by Eccotemp Systems

When the winter months arrive, unfortunately so does the flu and common cold. Feeling under-the-weather is the last thing you want during the holiday season where you can enjoy days off from work or school and lots and lots of food! One of the simplest ways to prevent the spread of the flu is to receive a flu shot from a local clinic or doctor. If needles make you squeamish and you are looking for an even easier solution, try washing your hand with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Germs spread when you touch others or surfaces with contaminated hands, if food is prepared with unwashed hands, coughs and sneezes are covered with hands and not disinfected after, the list is endless! Have you caught on to how important it is to wash your hands yet?

For 2020 specifically, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a strong emphasis on health and wellness, especially as we enter the winter months and the holiday season. The number of COVID-19 cases have already increased with families gathering and traveling from out of town bringing the total number of cases to over 19 million in the United States alone! Similar to the flu, the coronavirus is spread through close contact for extended periods of time.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following three steps to help slow the spread and protect both yourself and family members during the colder months.

  • 1.Wear a Mask: The CDC suggests wearing a mask with at least two layers of breathable cloth anytime you are in a public space. This could be a trip to the grocery store, or any gathering where you may be around a large group of people. Make sure your mask covers both your nose and your mouth and is securely fastened behind your ears.
  • 2.Keep Your Distance: When around others that are not living in your household, the CDC recommends keeping 6 feet of distance (roughly two arm lengths) between you and the other person. Avoiding crowds is also recommended to prevent any close contact situations.
  • 3.Wash Your Hands: Washing your hands is one of the best ways to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep yourself safe. Using warm water and soap for 20 seconds (try singing the happy birthday song in your head twice!) is a simple step that can help you stay healthy and prevent transmission of the virus. If you do not have access to running water and soap, hand sanitizer is a good alternative to traditional hand washing. Sanitizers do not eliminate 100% of germs but can be a very effective substitute to traditional soap and water.

The importance of washing your hands to prevent the spread of germs and viruses cannot be stressed enough by the CDC. Temperatures are going to continue to drop as the winter months continue so the last thing you are going to want is cold water for washing your hands. The Eccotemp SmartHome Mini Tank Water Heater is the perfect solution for point-of-use hot water, like under a sink. It provides instant hot water so that the user is not waiting for warm water to travel through the pipes from a traditional water heater. They also help save water and energy by only heating the water that is needed for that specific use. These Mini Tank Water Heaters can also be paired with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to truly make your life easier during these hectic times.

Our customer support team would love to answer any questions about the products on the Eccotemp.com website and explain how they could be beneficial for you or your family during this cold and flu season. Browse through the website to find the product that can help ensure that you have hot water to wash your hands with and stop the spread of germs this cold and flu season.

For more information on the science behind washing your hands, visit the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-handwashing.html.