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Virginia Reilly
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Get Into the Habit of Washing Your Hands!


Germs are often transmitted by hands.  When someone who has a cold sneezes or blows his nose, germs are then transferred to things that person may touch, such as doorknobs and stair rails. When you touch those things, some of the germs transfer to your hands.

You can get those germs into your system when you touch your face or rub your nose, mouth or eye.


How to Wash Your Hands


  •  Use soap and water and "suds up" away from the running water. Lather for about 20-30 seconds, or about the time it

          takes for you to sing “Happy Birthday” twice


  •  Rinse thoroughly under running water, rubbing your hands to rub off dirt and germs


  • Dry with a clean paper towel


  • Use the paper towel to open the door when in a public restroom because door handles have germs