It may sound like a lot but washing your hands at least 10 times a day is one of the most effective strategies in flu prevention. In an updated review by the British Medical Journal, studies determined that there is no real advantage in adding antiseptics to plain soap and water. Wearing medical gloves, masks and gowns works as well, particularly when combining tactics. If you’re thinking of buying a mask, the costly and uncomfortable (N95) is no more effective than a simple surgical mask, according to this same study. They also compared other strategies including quarantine/isolation, distancing sick people from healthy ones through non-quarantine methods and better hygiene. Overall, the review found that the highest quality studies showed that the spread of disease can be lowered in households and children through good hygiene. The authors suggested instituting school programs to encourage hand washing. The update was published online Sept.22, 2009 in BMJ. (British Medical Journal)

Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 at 4:10 pm
Filed Under Category: Flu Prevention
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