National Handwashing Awareness Week, which is celebrated from December 1-7th 2019, aims to keep the spotlight on the importance of handwashing, which is the most basic but most effective disease prevention method. Personal hygiene begins and ends with our hands. And basically, clean hands means less chance of getting sick. That is why we are all taught at a young age to wash our hands.
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
-When preparing food
-When caring for someone who is sick
-Before and after treating a cut or wound
-After going to the bathroom
-After changing diapers or cleaning up a child
-When blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
-When touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
-When handling pet food or pet treats
-When touching garbage
How to wash your hands effectively:
- Wet your hands with clean, running warm water. Then apply soap.
- Lather by rubbing your hands together with soap. Make sure to get the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. You can hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice and use it as a timer.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Use a clean, dry towel to dry your hands. You can also air dry them.
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