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Hand Washing Awareness Week: December 1-7

close up of hands washing in a bathroom sink

The COVID-19 pandemic provides an important reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy is also one of the simplest — handwashing with soap and water. Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Wash your hands: • Before, during, and after preparing food

  • Before eating
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick
  • After using the toilet
  • After touching garbage
  • After touching a frequently touched surface or shared object (light switch, doorknob, tablets)
  • If your hands are visibly dirty or greasy
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, you should immediately clean your hands by either washing them with soap and water or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Source: cdc.gov

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