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Handwashing Awareness Week December 2-8, 2018

December 6, 2018

Washing your hands often is one of the best ways to keep yourself and others healthy. It's especially important during key times when you are likely to get and spread germs. It's of great value to wash your hands at all phases of food preparation and before eating (and after touching garbage). It's also important to wash hands when caring for a sick person, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Another key time to be sure to wash hands is after diapering and using the toilet. Always hand wash after touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste.

It's also important to know the five steps in proper hand washing. To read the science behind these, see Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives at CDC. Here are the five steps to washing your hands the right way: 1. Wet your hands with clean running water. Turn off the tap and apply soap. 2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together (include backs of your hands, your fingers, and under your nails). 3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from start to finish twice). 4. Rinse your hands under clean running water. 5. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry.

Handwashing with soap is simple and inexpensive. It can greatly reduce the number of people who get sick. Being aware of the importance of handwashing with soap, and on the key times for when and how to wash hands the right way is necessary to preventing diseases like cold and flu. Let's all do our part to keep each other healthy!

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