National Handwashing Week Begins Today

Andy Jones

Many Americans have bad hand-washing habits: a quarter of adults don't wash their hands after changing diapers, and one-third of adults don't wash after using the bathroom. Even medical students are getting it wrong.

Fortunately, National Handwashing Awareness Week is here to make all of our hands cleaner. Throughout the week, various health agencies are offering helpful advice and terrifying statistics to help us all quit spreading so many germs. After all, 80 percent of all infectious diseases are spread by touch.

Here's some advice you want might to share with your friends, family and co-workers.

According to Health Reach Community Health Centers, this is the correct way to wash your hands. We share this for the "Happy Birthday" thing, which seems key.

1. Wet hands with warm water (not hot) and use soap.
2. Rub your hands together, making sure to scrub all areas.
3. Rub for a minimum of 15 seconds or sing “Happy Birthday.”
4. Rinse thoroughly, then dry hands on a clean towel.
5.Turn faucet off with the towel, not hands, to avoid recontamination.

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