Hand-washing is a simple and effective way to help prevent
diseases, such as colds, flu, and food poisoning.
Wash your hands after:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the
following steps for hand-washing:
If soap and water are not available, use
gel hand sanitizers or alcohol-based hand wipes
containing 60% to 90% ethyl alcohol or isopropanol. Most supermarkets and
drugstores carry these products. Carry one or both with you when you travel,
and keep them in your car or purse.
If using the gel sanitizer, rub your hands until the gel is dry.
You don't need to use water. The alcohol in the gel kills the germs on your
July 9, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
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