Ebola Virus has saturated the recent news headlines producing public fear of contracting this virus. However, there is no reason to start panicking if you understand the role your hands play in the contraction and spread of infections. I want you and your families to understand the fact that the power to prevent Ebola lies in YOUR hands!
The CDC explains how the only way to contract the virus is “through direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.” However, it is self-inoculation of contaminated bodily fluids (mucus, respiratory droplets and other bodily fluids) that causes you to contract the Ebola virus.
The WHO describes the transmission of Ebola as direct contact “through broken skin or mucous membranes”. We are hoping to be able to “team up” with WHO to teach the world about the importance of YOUR T Zone. Remember healthcare workers are the primary victims of Ebola and many other infections, much like SARS in 2003!
The T Zone is a common area that people “unconsciously” touch throughout the day, and we are trying to help put an end to this unhealthy habit! Risky behavior puts you at risk for unintended consequence! What many do not realize is that you are inoculating YOURSELF with whatever germs are on your hands.
If you believe “every surface is contaminated with some infectious agent” then you will begin to see the role of the T Zone (facial mucus membranes; eyes, nose and mouth) as the first line of defense. Handwashing at key times and preventing self-inoculation by not touching your TZONE (mucus membranes of the eyes nose and mouth) can save your life!
The power to prevent is in YOUR hands!
Follow Henry the Hand’s 4 Principles of Hand Awareness:
1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating
2. DO NOT cough into your hands
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth
These 4 Principles of Hand Awareness are guidelines for preventing you and others from contracting Ebola and many other respiratory and gastro-intestinal viruses.