Did You Wash Your Hands?

Handwashing at a Glance

December 3 – 9, 2017 is National Handwashing Awareness Week, and we at Hamilton Health wanted to share some informative tips regarding handwashing!

Hand washing is supposed to be a daily routine. You should wash your hands after leaving the bathroom, before you eat and when you’ve finished working in your garden. But a study conducted by Michigan State University showed that only 5 percent of people are following hand washing best practices. This 5 percent are the only ones who wash their hands long enough to destroy any disease-causing bacteria and germs. A survey by Bradley Corporation showed that only 66 percent of Americans wash their hands.

The statistics from the developing world are quite discouraging. One in five deaths of newly born babies occurs due to poor hygiene and could be drastically reduced by proper hand washing. Only 35 percent of health facilities in developing countries have soap for hand washing. And about 760,000 kids under age 5 die annually due to diarrhea, according to WHO.

How Often Should I Wash My Hands?

Many diseases can be prevented with proper hand hygiene. Use clean running water and soap to wash your hands. When both are not available, use a hand sanitizer. You should always wash your hands:

How to Wash Hands

Hand washing saves lives, but that’s only when it’s done correctly. Following basic hand washing rules and using the proper technique will reduce flu and cold risk. It’ll also stop the transmission of foodborne diseases and infections in hospitals and cruise ships.

Here’s an outline of the best way to wash hands as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

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