The easiest way to stop the spread of germs is to wash your hands. You should wash your hands before and after many activities, such as when you are preparing foods or eating, after you use the bathroom, and after changing diapers or helping your child use the toilet. The simple act of washing your hands can help protect you and others from germs.
Is there really a benefit to washing hands?
You may not be able to see the germs on your hands, but they can lead to illness. Think of hand washing as your daily vaccine for staying healthy. If you’re pregnant or thinking about pregnancy, washing your hands can help protect you from viruses and infections, like CMV and toxoplasmosis. These viruses can cause problems during pregnancy.
Washing your hands is easy, just follow these easy steps:
- Wet your hands with clean water and apply soap.
- Rub your hands together to lather the soap. Be sure you get the back of your hands as well.
- Scrub! And sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice to be sure you are scrubbing long enough.
- Rinse your hands well.
- And dry.
If you don’t have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Just be sure to check the label. Hand sanitizers are good in a pinch, but they don’t get rid of all types of germs, so hand washing is still the best way to stay healthy.