Why It’s Important:
Our eyes, noses, and mouths are all ways that germs enter our bodies to make us sick. We touch our faces without even realizing it. Hand hygiene is one of the best ways to prevent germs! Handwashing helps prevent us from getting sick by stopping the spread of germs.
It helps to put a stop to the spread of infections like diarrhea, the common cold, ring worm, “pink eye”, & the COVID-19 virus. Germs from unwashed hands can also get into our foods when are eating or cooking. Germs from unwashed hands can be passed on to other items like handrails, table tops, door knobs, or toys. Those germs are then passed to another person when he/she touches those items.
How to Wash Your Hands:
Step 1: When washing your hands, make sure to wet them with clean running water and apply soap.
Step 2: Rub hands together to create a lather.
Step 3: Remove any hand jewelry and rub in between fingers. Don’t forget to clean under your fingernails!
Step 4: Scrub for at least 20 seconds, that’s a full round of singing the ABCs or Twinkle-Twinkly Little Star
NOTE: Only use hand sanitizer when hands are not visibly dirty or when soap and water are not available.
When to Wash Your Hands
- Before and after leaving and returning home.
- Before and after breaks in the workplace
- After coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose
- After using the restroom
- Before eating or preparing room
- After handling raw meats
Hand Washing benefits everyone’s health, so let’s respect others around us by making handwashing a part of our everyday routine!
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