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Wash Those Hands!

[dropcap]Germs[/dropcap] are abundant and can spread very easily by simply touching a person, object or surface and then touching your face. Just as simply, one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of germs and infections is by learning how to wash your hands correctly and frequently doing so throughout the day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following guidelines:

• Place hands under clean, running water.

• Add soap and rub hands together until suds form.

• Scrub every surface for at least 20 seconds, including both sides, between fingers and under fingernails.

• Rinse hands under running water and dry with a clean, dry towel or air dry.

When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol can effectively clean hands.

Unfortunately, there is no way to completely get rid of germs but proper hand washing can significantly limit the spread of them, keeping you and others healthier!