Clean Hands Save Lives !

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. However, if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting.
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When should you wash your hands?

Before preparing or eating food

After going to the bathroom
 
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
 
Before and after tending to someone who is sick
 
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
 
After handling an animal or animal waste
 
After handling garbage

Before and after treating a cut or wound


When washing hands with soap and water:

Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
 
Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
 
Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend!
 
Rinse hands well under running water
 
Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet
 
Remember: If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.


When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:

Apply product to the palm of one hand
 
Rub hands together
 
Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.
CDC Germstopper: Healthy Habits Keep You Well
Healthy habits can protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs at home, school, or work. Simple actions, like covering your mouth and nose and cleaning your hands often, can stop germs and prevent illnesses...
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