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Did you wash your hands? It's a question we are used to asking our children, but it is a question we should constantly ask ourselves. Hand washing remains the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others.
As children and adults, our hands carry millions of microbes. Most are harmless, but many cause illnesses such as colds and flu.
We can also pick up germs from objects and surfaces, such as doorknobs and stair railings touched by other people who are not properly washing their hands. Think about all the things you touch each day and how many people may have touched them before you. It's easy for a germ on your hands to end up in your mouth. Think about how many foods you eat with your hands.
When we do not wash our hands properly, we spread these germs to other people, or give them to ourselves by touching our eyes, mouths, noses or open wounds on our bodies.
So when are the best times to wash your hands?
How long should it take to effectively wash your hands?
Effective hand washing takes 20 seconds, or about the time it takes to sing two choruses of "Happy Birthday."
What is the proper hand-washing technique?