National Handwashing Awareness Week
During the first week of December, we honor National Handwashing Awareness Week. Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and to avoid getting sick.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls hand washing "a do-it-yourself vaccine" and suggests washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and clean water. Studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. When that option is not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
For more information on handwashing, visit the CDC’s handwashing website.