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Why wash your hands?

Handwashing is one of the most important ways you can keep from getting sick and spreading germs to others. According to the CDC, handwashing can prevent 30% of diarrhea related sickness and 20% of respiratory infections. Handwashing also fights the rise of antibiotic resistance.

Did you know studies show that people touch their eyes, nose and mouth about 25 times every hour and that is how the germs can get inside us!

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to clean your hands. Hand sanitizers do no eliminate all types of germs. Correct handwashing includes the following steps:
WET…LATHER…SCRUB (for at least 20 seconds)..RINSE…DRY.
These simple steps will help you stay healthy and help keep those around you healthy!!

For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/handwashing


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