Washing your hands regularly is an important part of maintaining good health. Having clean hands is the most important way to prevent the spread of illnesses that viruses and bacteria can cause. You can do this in a couple of different ways. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water works as long as you lather well, rubbing all over your hands and between your fingers for at least twenty seconds. It’s important to remember the area around and under the fingernails. If possible, use a paper towel to dry your hands, then use it to turn off the faucet and open the door. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least sixty percent alcohol is also effective. You need to coat your hands well, covering all surfaces. Then let them air dry, which only takes about twenty seconds.
Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control on these downloadable brochures.