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Classroom Experiment Shows The Importance Of Hand-Washing — Just In Time For Flu Season

Colds and flu are quite common in winter, but most parents start panicking when the first symptoms appear. Prevention is absolutely possible, and you can actually prevent colds and fly by implementing a few simple habits.

How often do you wash your hands?

You can prevent so many diseases by washing your hands. Jaralee Annice Metcalf, a science teacher has pointed out to the importance of this simple habit. Jaralee joined forces with special education teacher Dayna Robertson, and the findings of their project became viral.

”We did a science project in class this last month as flu season was starting. We took fresh bread and touched it.

We did one slice untouched. One with unwashed hands. One with hand sanitizer. One with washed hands with warm water and soap. Then, we decided to rub a piece on all our classroom Chromebooks.”

After three weeks, almost every slice of bread had mold. The bread that was touched with clean hands had no mold at all.

The science teacher is “as somebody who is sick and tired of being sick and tired of being sick and tired and urged followers to wash their hands.” She had to do something.

 “If the bread had been exposed to air and moisture, the experiment may have gone faster. The breads that were very clearly exposed to different germs grew mold quicker. And ones touched by clean hands plus the soap and water ones were not exposed to the germs that cause the mold growth to quicken.” 

All you have to do is wash your hands.

The flu virus thrives throughout the year, and we are most susceptible to it in winter.

Experts at CDC explain that the virus spreads rapidly. There are at 2.6 million flu conditions, 23,000 hospitalizations and 1,300 deaths caused by the virus each year.

The virus was noticed in 30 states. It was more common in southern states, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

The flu virus is spread by anyone who sneezes, talks or coughs. The droplets end up in one’s nose, mouth and lungs.

“Germs spread rapidly. And it doesn’t matter how often they’re told or how well they’re taught to wash their hands, children won’t always do it properly or enough.” 

How to wash your hands properly?

Wash your hands with water and soap, and scrub them for 20 seconds. Wash your hands after using the toilet or touch a diaper or anything dirty. Don’t forget to wash your hands before you cook or eat.

Prevent the spreading of germs in the season of flu and cold:

  • Cover your nose every time you sneeze or cough
  • Stay at home if you notice a symptom
  • Flu shots are incredible
  • Disinfect every tabletop, toy, remote control and other commonly used item in your home
  • Workout often, eat healthy foods, and boost your immunity