It’s National Handwashing Awareness Week, and washing your hands can significantly reduce the spread of disease.
December is a busy time, and between the rush of the holidays and the weather you are more susceptible to getting sick. Washing your hands can help you avoid germs.
Teaching handwashing to a community can reduce respiratory illnesses in the community, like colds, by 20%.
Know when it matters most to wash! Always wash your hands after going to the bathroom, before, during, and after making food, and after touching an animal.
If you are sick, washing your hands after you blow your nose, cough, or sneeze can help you avoid spreading it to your loved ones.
You should be washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, and make sure to get under your fingernails.
Dry your hands completely to avoid bacteria. If paper towels are available, they’re better for removing germs.
If you can’t always wash your hands, hand sanitizer is a great alternative. Buy a small bottle for your purse or pocket.