Wash Hands Correctly to Avoid Flu!

You might think that now we are in to March that the flu season is over, but unfortunately, it’s not so! Shanghai United Family hospital, one of our organizational sponsors, has the following information to share to keep you and your family safe and well this season. 



According to Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai is still at the peak of influenza season. It’s estimated that the influenza may rise among adults steadily and remain relatively stable among children. The monitoring has found that influenza B, which occurred three years ago in 2014, has now come back, and may dominate this winter and last till next year. Unfortunately, Norovirus, the gastroenteric influenza virus, also reaches its peak season at the same time period. Besides students, preschool children should be attentive.

Is there any prevention? It’s suggested to wash hands and keep windows open to ventilate with fresh air, and it’s important to wear a mouth mask in public places. Children with underlying diseases are supposed to avoid public places as much as possible. In addition, it is also good to keep the throat moist, as when the mucous membrane of your throat is dry, it is easier for the virus to invade. So when your child is thirsty, he/she should not hesitate to drink some water, as children need to drink more water in influenza season.  As water is soon discharged from the body, it requires to drink water in a proper quantity for many times to keep the throat moist. Normally, drink a 30-50cc hot water at a time.

How to Handwash?

Wash hands when visibly soiled, and if this isn’t possible, use an antibacterial hand gel. You should spend at least 15 seconds washing each section of your hands, as detailed below, and at least 40-60 seconds in total. Here are some detailed instructions:


1.Rub hand palm to palm

2. Right palm over left dorsum with interlaces fingers and vice versa.

3.Palm to palm with fingers interlaced.

4.Backs of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlaced.

5.Rotational rubbing of left thumb, clasped in right palm and vice versa.

6.Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with a clasped fingers in another palm and vice versa.



It’s noted again that this flu spreads a wide range and reaches all age, and so we must be attentive to prevention. It’s important to always keep your house ventilated and to hang out in crowded places as little as practicable, and dress to keep warm properly.




This article was kindly shared by Shanghai United Family Hospital. For further information, please visit their website http://shanghai.ufh.com.cn/ 


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