According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “…the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands.” By frequently washing your hands, you wash away germs that you have picked up from other people, from contaminated surfaces, and from pets.
When to wash your hands:
- After you cough, sneeze or blow your nose
- Before you eat or touch food
- After you use the bathroom
- After you change a diaper
- When you come in from working or playing outdoors
- After you play with a pet, or pick up animal waste.
How to wash correctly: Alcohol-based hand sanitizers – which don’t require water – are an excellent and convenient alternative to soap and water. If hands are visibly dirty – wash with soap and water.
When using soap and water: Wet hands with warm running water. Apply a small amount of liquid or bar soap.Rub hands together about 10 times; roughly 20 seconds. Cover up to your wrists and out to the tips of your fingers. Rinse hands under running water and thoroughly dry hands with a paper towel. Throw in trash.