Germs on one's hands can accumulate from many 

sources during the day, including direct contact 

with people, contaminated surfaces, meals, and 

even animals and animal excrement.

According to a Food and Drink Federation poll, 

more than half of our youth do not wash their hands

 after using the restroom or before eating.

Most people, including children and adults, do not 

wash their hands as often or as thoroughly as they

 should. Many people don't practice this habit as 

frequently as they should, even after using the 


If we don't wash our hands frequently enough, we

 can infect ourselves with these germs by touching

 our eyes, nose or mouth.

We can spread these germs to others by touching 

them or touching surfaces that they also touched,

 such as doorknobs.

The old adage that

"Cleanliness is next to godliness"

now has scientific backing!

Handwashing, according to a recent Reuters news article,

is more effective than pharmaceuticals in virus control.

Clean hands save lives.

Hand hygiene

is well known for its effectiveness in preventing the 

spread of respiratory viruses and considerably 

reducing the spread of many diseases.

Hand washing is the single most significant 

method of preventing the spread of infection.

 Hand washing is a simple habit that can help 

keep us healthy.

⚠️ Keeping our hands clean 

One of the most important steps we can take to 

avoid getting sick and transferring germs to 

others is to keep our hands clean. By not washing

 hands with soap and clean, running water, many 

diseases and illnesses are spread.

In most cases, washing hands with soap and 

water is the greatest way to reduce the amount 

of bacteria on them. If soap and water are not 

available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer 

instead. In some cases, alcohol-based hand 

sanitizers can quickly reduce the amount of 

bacteria on hands, although sanitizers do not 

remove all types of germs.

Most people have a vague idea that hand washing

 is important, but many are unaware of the facts.

We've compiled a list of fascinating and alarming 

facts about hand washing so you can see why basic 

hand hygiene is so important.

Unwashed hands serve as a

superhighway for germs to move,

allowing for the rapid spread of

diseases and disorders. The 

easiest approach to stop the super 

germ highway is to wash your 

hands for 20 seconds with soap 

and clean, running water.

When is it appropriate to wash

 our hands?

  • Before, during, and after food preparation

  • Prior to eating food

  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick

  • Prior to and following the care a cut or wound

  • After using the restroom

  • After changing diapers 

  • Following the cleaning up a child who has used the  

  • toilet.

  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

  • After handling pet food or pet treats

  • After touching garbage

Hand washing is essential for

 maintaining food safety, personal

health, and disease prevention.

  Hand cleanliness is the most effective technique to 

reduce exposure to colds and flu, as well as the 

transfer of germs, bacteria, and viruses. 

The first line of protection 

is to wash hands with 


 soap and water.

Many infections can be 

avoided by properly washing 

the hands of adults, children, 

and caregivers.

After you've completed your procedure,

 thoroughly wash your hands.

When you get home from any activity 

outside the house, make washing your 

hands the FIRST THING you do.  

Make it a habit to wash your hands as 

soon as you walk in the door.

Wash your hands before you...

*Prepare or consume food

*Treat a cut or a wound

*Treat a cut or a wound

Wash your hands after you...

Go to the bathroom.

ALWAYS wash your hands before leaving 

the toilet.  

  • On your way out, for personal hygiene, 

  • use a paper towel to grip the door handle 

  • if possible (because we will never train 

  • everyone to wash their hands) or, in public 

  • facilities, elbow through when somebody

  •  opens the door from outside.

  • Wash your hands after you:

  • *Handle uncooked foods, (especially

  •  raw meat, poultry or fish)

  • *Change your children's diapers

  • *Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze

  • *Play with your pet animals

  • *Play/Work in the garden

  • *Take out the rubbish

 Of course, it's always a good idea to wash your hands... 

whenever they appear or feel unclean.

A simple way to 

stay healthy...

A daily routine of hand washing, 

using hand sanitizer in the absence 

of soap and water, and applying 

skin conditioner can keep your 

hands free of contagious germs 

and bacteria, and moist, and most

 importantly, free of the sickening

 grip of influenza. 

As the Centers for Disease Controls note, hand hygiene is 

one of the most important steps we can take to avoid 

getting sick and transferring germs to others.  

Hand washing doesn't take 

much time or effort,

 but it offers great rewards in terms of

 preventing illness.

Adopting this simple habit can play a major 

role in protect our health significantly.

BETTER with Jasmine Leilani 


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