Proper Hand Washing for Elders1
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Hand washing is an important way to reduce the spread of infectious diseases. Germs from human and animal sources can be transmitted to hands, which can transmit the germs to other people, foods, and anything else that the hands touch. Proper hand washing can reduce the numbers of harmful microorganisms on our hands and reduce the risk of some diseases.
Wash your hands before
• Eating or drinking
Handling or preparing foods
Touching serving utensils
Wash your hands after
Visiting the restroom
Covering your nose or mouth when you cough or sneeze
Gardening or working outdoors
Handling pets and their waste
Working with raw foods
Changing baby diapers
Doing other activities that dirty your hands