WHY HAND WASHING MATTERS

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Our Hands Spread Germs

People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and moth without even realizing it—spreading germs that can make us sick.

Wash Your Hands to Prevent Sickness

More Than 15,000 Bacteria …

are living on each square centimeter of skin on your hands at this moment.

WASH YOUR HANDS PROPERLY

Wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds

Are you scrubbing long enough?

Most people do not wash their hands long enough. Rub your hands together for 20 seconds—the length of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.

SOAP SAVES LIVES

Hand washing with soap can help prevent Respiratoy Disease

Proper Hand Washing Can Prevent Deaths

Globally, illnesses such as diarrhea and influenza cause more than 3 million deaths per year — mostly children. Many of these deaths can be prevented by simple hygiene practices such as hand-washing with soap.

Death statistics from lack of  hand washing

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