National Handwashing Awareness Week takes place this year from December 1st-December 7th. Why is handwashing so important? It is as important as it has ever been. Washing your hands regularly can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus. It is important to make sure that you are washing your hands correctly, a quick rinse is not enough to kill germs. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best things you can do for your health. Here are some reasons why washing your hands is essential for your health:
- People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth with their hands without realizing it. This is an entry point for germs.
- Germs from unwashed hands can get into food and drink, where they multiply and make people sick.
- Touch a contaminated surface or objects.
- Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects