Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County
Last updated: November 16, 2018, 9:52 am
Poor air quality in Contra Costa is expected to continue through the weekend due to the Camp Fire in Butte County.
Stay indoors when possible and keep doors and windows closed.
Avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors.
Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, heart palpitations, nausea, fatigue or light-headedness.
Visit baaqmd.gov for air quality information. Visit airnow.gov for current air quality conditions in your zip code.
Visit cchealth.org/wildfire for smoke-related health information.
Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent illness.
As basic as it seems, handwashing is one of the most effective ways you can stay healthy and prevent transmission of harmful germs. Even though most of us know when to wash our hands, studies show it happens too infrequently. The consequences are contaminated food, surfaces and objects that can infect us and the people around us.
Handwashing under a black light.
Proper handwashing techniques
Wet your hands with clean, warm running water and add soap.
Rub your hands together and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Continue rubbing your hands for at least 15 seconds (about the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice).
Rinse your hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Wash your hands
Before, during and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after caring for someone who is sick
Before and after treating a cut or wound
After using the toilet
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
After touching an animal or animal waste
After handling pet food or pet treats
After touching garbage
Handwashing vs. alcohol-based sanitizers
Antibacterial gels should not replace regular handwashing. While effective, alcohol-based sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs, such as the virus that causes norovirus. Alcohol-based sanitizers are not effective on visibly dirty hands. Antibacterial lotion is not allowed under state law to substitute for handwashing for a food handler.