Why wash your hands?

Why wash your hands?

Your mobile phone, pen, and paper, your desk keyboard, are just some of the helpful tools we always reach for to finish our job. But these useful tools also bring terrible germs with them especially if these are for public use.

Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you:

1.Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

2.Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands

3.Touch a contaminated surface or objects

4.Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

Before, during, and after preparing

foodBefore and after eating

foodBefore and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

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, animal feed, or animal waste

After handling pet food or pet treats

After touching garbage

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019, December, 4). Handwashing & Nail Hygiene. https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/hand/handwashing.html

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