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(HealthDay News) -- Keeping your hands clean reduces your risk of contracting or spreading illness.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these guidelines on when to wash your hands:
Before you put your hands into or near your mouth, including before you smoke, brush your teeth, or have something to eat or drink.
Before and after being around a person who is ill.
After you go to the bathroom or change a baby's diaper.
After you touch areas that get a lot of contact, including door knobs and handrails on stairs.
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