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Raise your hand to support ‘Clean Hands Count Campaign’

Wed May 4, 2016

The DuPage County Health Department is joining public health organizations throughout the world to raise awareness of the importance of hand hygiene on Thursday, May 5, which is an international observance to remind people about the importance of hand washing.
 
In spite of the spectacular advances in health care and disease management, the simple, yet important act of handwashing remains one of the most critical weapons in avoiding the spread of diseases.
 
The theme for this year's campaign is "Clean Hands Count."  Hand washing is critical if you want to stay healthy and avoid spreading diseases. The health department reminds county residents that there is a correct way to wash your hands.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it involves five simple and effective steps: "Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry."
 
Wet your hands with clean, running water, 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. How long is that? 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.
 
If you're not near running water then you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. For more information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html .
 
It is important to wash your hands when preparing food, before you eat, after using the rest room, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, and after touching garbage. "Clean Hands Count" and they will help keep you healthy.

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