Here’s Why You Can Never Wash Your Hands Too Much

We’ll admit, since moving to NYC, we have become a bit germaphobic -but for good reason! We’re all too aware of how germ-infested urban living is and we understand the importance of frequent hand washing and how it affects our health. Handwashing is such a basic action, but so crucial to your wellness. Handwashing prevents colds, the flu, infections, and even death! Yes, death.

Did you know that more people die from hospital acquired infections than car accidents each year? And that germs, including influenza A/B, can live up to 48 hours on surfaces? Yes, disgusting and terrifying. Worse, only 1 in 3 adults washes their hands after coughing or sneezing. Keeping your hands clean can literally save lives -including your own. With the recent flu epidemic and the anti-vaccine movement, it’s never been more important to practice good hygiene.

Make it a habit to wash your hands frequently and to wipe down surfaces you touch daily like your cell phone, laptop, desk top, pens, etc. with antibacterial wipes. For more tips, check out this handy infographic, courtesy of Quill, and peruse our article Healthy Habits: How To Prevent The Flu and Common Cold.

Here’s to your health and the health of others!


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Molly Chan

Molly Chan is StyleFox's resident, no-nonsense dating and love columnist. Once single, now settled, she spent a decade in New York City's dating jungle and knows the singles scene inside and out. Doesn't miss it.

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