Wash your hands to keep germs away

    Wash your hands to keep germs away

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    You can help keep yourself and other people from getting sick by doing something really simple – just wash your hands. Hand washing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep those viruses – those cold and flu germs – away.

    When you wash your hands, you wash away germs. Germs are what make you sick. You pick up germs from other people or contaminated surfaces or even animals. If you don’t wash your hands and you touch your eyes, nose or mouth, germs can get into your body and make you sick.

    You can also make other people sick by not washing your hands. When you have dirty hands, you can spread germs to other people by either touching them directly or by touching a surface. When another person touches that surface that you left your germs on, they can pick up your germs and get sick. 

    When you should wash your hands

    When you don’t have access to soap and water, you should wash your hands using an alcohol-based gel or foam to kill germs. Theses products can be bought at any drug store or grocery store.

    It takes at least 15 seconds to wash your hands properly.

    How to properly wash your hands

    So remember, wash your hands for at least 15 seconds before you eat, after using the bathroom, coughing or sneezing, going outside, playing with a pet and before preparing food. Washing your hands can help you, your family and your friends from getting sick.