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CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands

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Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.

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Ridgewood NJ according to the CDC ,washing your hands often to stay healthy.
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
Before and after treating a cut or wound
After using the toilet
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
After handling pet food or pet treats
After touching garbage

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Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.

5 thoughts on “CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands

  1. Attention to wall workers, if you don’t feel well please stay home and go to the doctor. Do not make anyone else sick at work.
    Thank you

  2. Please if you are sick please stay home ,I do not want to get sick. Do not be a hero nobody cares. Someone else can do your job of the day.

  3. Very true.

  4. It’s amazing how many of us do not know how to wash their hands. Rinsing your hands with cold water, is not washing your hands. And it’s amazing I’m riding the bus to New York City, and how many adults are picking their nose.

  5. It would be nice if we had a local bathroom in the CBD too utilize & wash our hands. Maybe the council will build one somewhere.

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