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Soapy strikes again

Superhero urges all to wash their hands  

In his latest video, Soapy (Dr. John Embil) is calling for everyone to join him in the fight against germs.
In his latest video, Soapy (Dr. John Embil) is calling for everyone to join him in the fight against germs.
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Winnipeg Health Region
Published Thursday October 20, 2011

Soapy is back.

Dressed in his trademark orange tights, the Winnipeg Health Region's beloved germ-fighter is once again calling on members of the public to join in the fight against germs.

"Now that the flu season here, it is especially important for people to remember that they have an important role to play in preventing the spread of germs," says Soapy, also known as Dr. John Embil, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control.

"A sneeze here, a hand-shake there and suddenly viruses are making their way through classrooms, workplaces and entire families."

Fortunately, there are things we can all do to take action against germs and stop them from making you and those around you sick.

"The big thing is to remember to wash your hands," says Soapy. "Our hands come into contact with germs all the time and by simply washing them with soap or using hand sanitizer you can stop those germs from making you and others sick."

In addition, people should remember to always cough into their elbows and not their hands and get a yearly flu shot.

These three very simple steps are featured in a campy, lighthearted video created by the Winnipeg Health Region and launched during National Infection Control Week, October 17-21, 2011.

The goal is to capture people's attention and share some basic and effective tips for staying healthy throughout the flu season and all year round.

Embil developed the Soapy character, complete with orange tights, several years ago as part of Bug Day, a health-care education event staged every year at Health Sciences Centre. The event features presentations and discussions on timely topics in infectious diseases, public health and infection prevention and control. An important component of Bug Day each year is the promotion of hand-hygiene awareness and safe health practices for the prevention of infection.

Last year, Embil decided to take the Soapy concept to a new level by creating a booklet entitled You'll Like Clean Hands. Drawing from the popular Dr. Seuss books, You'll Like Clean Hands is a light-hearted effort to raise awareness about hand hygiene in a way that is accessible to people of all ages.

Protect yourself and others. Join Soapy in the fight against germs.

Soapy Presents: "Help Fight the Spread of Germs"

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