Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Wash Hands
Wash hands often to lower the risk of spreading germs and getting sick. Take 20 seconds to help protect yourself and others.
- Wash hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds.
- If soap and clean running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands.
- Wash hands:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- After using the bathroom
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After handling an animal or animal waste
- After touching garbage
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- More frequently when you or others around you are sick
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