Hand Hygiene

Why is Hand Hygiene Important?

Good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others from illness. It requires both washing hands with soap and water and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Hand hygiene drastically reduces the spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses.

  • Hand hygiene prevents transmission of infections.
  • Hand hygiene lowers the risk of illnesses and diseases.
  • Hand hygiene reduces the risk of food poisoning.
  • Hand hygiene decreases the spread of germs.
  • Hand hygiene reduces illnesses in vulnerable populations.
  • Hand hygiene reduces the spread of harmful pathogens.

It's important to practice proper hand hygiene by:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, and touching any potentially contaminated surfaces.
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoiding touching your face or eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

Practicing proper hand hygiene is one of the most important actions we can take to protect our health and reduce the spread of illnesses. It's important to be mindful of when and how to properly wash your hands to ensure you and those around you stay healthy.