Health Tip: Clean Hands Prevent Disease

How to ward off germs

(HealthDay News) -- Clean hands are one of the most effective ways to avoid disease or infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

When washing hands:

  • Wet hands with clean running water and use soap.
  • Rub hands together to make a lather.
  • Scrub all surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing for 20 seconds -- or until you've sung "Happy Birthday" twice.
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel and use it to turn off the faucet.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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