Washing your hands regularly is the best defense against common illnesses and infections.
Flu and flu-like illness, the common cold, Coxsackie virus, Streptococcus (strep throat), RSV, conjunctivitis, tonsilitis, and bronchitis are just some of the infections you can help prevent with regular handwashing.
Illnesses like flu enter your body through the "T-zone," the area of the face that includes the eyes, nose, and mouth. We touch this zone WAY more often than we realize, so let's make sure those hands are clean.
Always wash your hands:
- Before eating or preparing food
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After touching garbage
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- Use clean, running water and soap
- Lather your palms, the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails
- Scrub for at least 20 seconds. To time yourself, hum the "Happy Birthday" song twice.
- Rinse your hands well