Handwashing in Communities: Clean Hands Save Lives
Keeping hands clean helps prevent the spread of germs, like COVID-19. Read more about ways to protect yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or out in the community, find out how handwashing with soap and water can protect you and your family.
Keeping hands clean can prevent 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu.
School-based programs promoting hand hygiene can result in less illness and fewer missed school days.
When your family is healthy, you don’t have to worry about missing school, work, or other activities.
Learn ways to promote hand hygiene in your home and community.
Each year on October 15, this observance highlights the importance of handwashing.
Use CDC materials to raise awareness of hand hygiene in your community:
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Get answers to frequently asked questions about washing your hands and using hand sanitizer in community settings.