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HEATHBEAT 4: Benefits of hand washing

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May fifth was World Hand Hygiene Day, which aimed to spread awareness about the importance of clean hands.

They can reduce your risk of exposure to diseases and infections and even lower your risk of food poisoning.

Experts say you should always wash your hands:
-before, during and after food prep and before eating.
-before and after caring for a sick person
-before and after treating a wound
-after using the toilet or changing diapers
-after touching garbage
-after handling animals, animal food or animal waste.
-after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

There's a right way to wash up.

First, wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap.

Lather up, including the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.

Scrub for at least 20 seconds, about the amount of time it takes to hum the "happy birthday" song twice.

Rinse under clean, running water and dry well.

Experts say the best way to reduce the amount of germs on your hands is to wash them with water and soap.

If they aren't available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-percent alcohol.

Follow these steps for good hand hygiene today and every day.

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