Wellness Tip: Clean hands add to health
September 4, 2015
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations.
Handwashing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings — from your home and workplace to child care facilities and hospitals. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community.
Always wash before, during, and after preparing or eating food; caring for someone who is sick; after treating a cut or wound, after using the toilet; changing diapers, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; after touching garbage; and after touching animals or their waste.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention