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Handwashing 101: The importance of details

Amid all the steps many people take when it comes to preventing illness, they often overlook one simple but highly effective action.


Proper handwashing is a basic technique that has been proven to help prevent the spread of disease.

It involves just five simple and effective steps:

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  1. wet your hands,
  2. lather them with soap,
  3. scrub for 20 seconds (try timing it to the “Happy Birthday” song),
  4. rinse, and
  5. dry, preferably with paper towel.

Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, prevent spreading germs to others, and, of course, to avoid getting sick, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  It’s quick, simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick.

Here are a pair of helpful CDC web pages to help you learn more about when and how to wash your hands, and the importance of using soap and water, whether at home, work or traveling. They provide information on how good hand hygiene can protect you, your family, and others from illness. And, they offer some advice on building everyday habits to help prevent the spread of diseases, including the coronavirus (COVID-19).

One Comment on “Handwashing 101: The importance of details

  1. It is important to avoid the air blower hand dryers that are seen in public rest rooms. They blow the water into the air, carrying germs and viruses with it.

    Most people don’t take the time needed to wash their hands properly, so blowing contamination into the air is not good.