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How To Properly Wash Your Hands

How To Properly Wash Your Hands

Hand washing is just as important as ever before, to help prevent the spread of germs. While hand washing is a requirement at any medical facility, many individuals follow the practice on a day-to-day basis at home. One of the ways germs can come in contact with our body is through touching contaminated surfaces. When these germs are not washed off, we can become sick or spread them to other people. Germs can enter our body through our nose, mouth, and/or eyes. Hand washing should be done before and after coming in contact with someone who is sick. You should also wash them before touching your face, including your eyes, nose and/or mouth. Hand washing should also occur after using the bathroom, including changing any diapers. It is also advised to wash your hands before and after preparing food.

Here are 5 steps followed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for properly washing your hands:

1. Turn on the faucet and get your hands wet.

2. Apply soap and rub your hands together with the soap.

3. Rub your hands for at least 20 seconds (the CDC recommends singing the happy birthday song twice).

4. Rinse your hands with clean water.

5. Dry your hands with a clean towel and use the towel to then turn off the faucet.

Help keep yourself and others healthy by following proper hand washing practices regularly. Hand washing can save lives!

The information provided was sourced from the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Ffeatures%2Fhandwashing%2Findex.html

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