By Cameron Raley, Infection Prevention Specialist
Have you ever stopped to think about the amount of germs that you come in contact with on a daily basis just from touching common household or everyday objects? Think about how many times a day you touch your phone. Scientists at the University of Arizona have found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats. 
For every room that we walk in and out of, we touch a doorknob. According to James Steckelberg, M.D from Mayo Clinic, cold and flu viruses can survive outside of the body on an environmental surface, such as a doorknob, anywhere from a few seconds to 48 hours  – the list goes on. Compare that to the amount of times a day that you wash your hands after you’ve touched these items. Do they match up? Probably not.
Imagine the danger of spreading these germs everywhere you go: schools, hospitals, work, restaurants, stores, even your home. Handwashing seems like something that is second nature, but are you washing them correctly? Proper handwashing can significantly help prevent the spread of infection.
October 14 is the start of Infection Prevention Week. Create awareness this week and everyday about one easy way to keep yourself and others safe: properly wash your hands.
Cameron Raley, MPH, CIC, is an Infection Prevention Specialist for Mission Health.
Learn more about preventing infection at missionhealth.org/infectionprevention.