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Hand Hygiene

March 6, 2022

Hand hygiene is the act of cleaning one’s hands with soap and water to remove viruses/bacteria/microorganisms, d irt, grease, o r other harmful and unwanted substances stuck to the hands.

Why hand hygiene?

Hand hygiene helps stop the spread of germs.

Who should practice hand hygiene?

Everyone including children should practice hand hygiene.

When should I wash my hands?

Wash your hands before:

  • preparing food
  • eating
  • caring for a wound
  • caring for someone who is ill

Wash your hands after:

  • Preparing food
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Blowing your nose
  • Caring for a wound
  • Changing a diaper
  • Using the bathroom or restroom
  • Handling garbage and taking
  • out the trash
  • Petting or touching an animal
  • Touching pet food or pet treats
  • Cleaning up pet waste
  • Caring for someone who is ill

How should I wash my hands?

One should wash their hands thoroughly, ensuring all surfaces of the hands are clean.

The steps listed below can be used

  1. Wet hands with clean running water
  2. Apply soap
  3. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  4. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  5. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  6. ­Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.