We Have Nothing to Fear but Foodborne Illness
There is a serious problem facing America, and it’s going to take some fresh, clean thinking to solve it. The old ways are not working, and it’s time to face facts: our hands are dirty.
Throughout the day our hands touch surfaces that have been shared with the world. We must protect our hands—and all they touch—from the bacteria that is trying to make us sick. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.
How to Wash Your Hands
Here, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, is the proper way to wash your hands:
- 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 (or sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice).
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel, paper towel, or air dry them.
- If you don’t have access to water use disposable wipes.
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When to Wash Your Hands
Protect yourself and your loved ones from the bacteria that cause illness, whether it be foodborne or airborne. Remember to wash your hands:
- before beginning food preparation
- after handling raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs
- after touching animals
- after using the bathroom
- after changing diapers
- after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
It’s time to make America clean again. Let’s start with our hands.