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Better Health Through Hand Hygiene

It’s been pounded into our brain day in and day out. Wash your hands! Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.

80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch. “Touch” refers primarily to the touching of food, or the touching of one’s own mouth, eyes, and nose. Germs can into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick. Germs from unwashed hands can also get into food and drinks while we prepare or consume them. Proper handwashing can reduce respiratory infections by close to 20%.

The most critical times for hand washing are before preparing food and after going to the bathroom. The recommended washing time is 20 seconds. For every 15 seconds spent washing hands, 10 times more bacteria is removed. The average person spends less than 10 seconds washing their hands

Most bacteria on our hands is on the fingertips and under the nails. The number of bacteria on our fingertips doubles after using the bathroom. Most people wash the palms of their hands and miss everything else. The bacteria count is highest on the dominant hand. Yet right-handed people wash their left hand more thoroughly than their right hand, and vice versa

Damp hands are 1,000x more likely to spread bacteria than dry hands. Only 20% of people dry their hands after washing. Re-usable cloth towels harbor millions of bacteria. Disposable paper towels are the most sanitary means of drying hands.

When it comes down to it washing your hands keeps you healthy. Be sure to practice good hand hygiene to protect yourself and others.

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