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Stop germs! stay healthy! wash your hands
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    Keeping hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy.


    • Before, during, and after preparing food

    • Before eating food

    • Before and after caring for someone who is sick

    • Before and after treating a cut or wound

    • After using the toilet

    • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

    • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

    • After handling pet food or pet treats

    • After touching garbage


    • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

    • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

    • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

    • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

    • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


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