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Hand Washing: Just Do It!

Hand washing is the best way to keep yourself from getting sick and prevents spreading germs. Hand washing is especially important after using the restroom, coughing or sneezing, after coming off the subway, or touching a contaminated surface to name a few. Once you come in contact with germs, please take the time to hand wash to prevent the spread illness.

Let’s do our best to promote and practice proper hand washing by using the tips below:

  • Wet your hand with clean water.
  • After getting your hands wet, lather them with soap for about 20 seconds.
    • Singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice is roughly 20 seconds, so go for it!
    • Make sure you wash between your fingers, the backs of your hands, the wrist, and under your nails where germs generally hang out.
  • Rinse and dry your hands well with a clean towel or paper towel.

It is also important to use a paper towel when opening the door to exit the restroom and discarding it in nearest trash bin.

Please keep in mind hand washing should always be done before eating or cooking food.

Hand washing is so important. Take the time to prevent the spread of germs by implementing this simple tool.

Here is a great video on hand washing.

Below are additional resources on hand washing and the prevention of spreading germs.

Teens Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention