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Why is hand washing important?

Clean hands are your best protection from illness. Regular hand washing prevents the spread of germs; specifically those germs that cause most respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses.

Germs accumulate on your hands through the course of daily life. When you prepare food, change a diaper, take out the trash or touch a contaminated object such as a doorknob, elevator button or counter, you come into contact with germs. Washing germs off your hands helps prevent them from spreading further.

Germs from unwashed hands spread when:

  • You touch your face – Germs can enter your body through your eyes, nose or mouth and make you sick. 
  • You prepare food – Preparing food with unwashed hands transfers germs to food and drink where, under the right conditions, they can multiply and make people sick. 
  • You touch an object – Germs spread from unwashed hands to door handles, railings, counter tops, toys and mobile phones when you touch them.

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