What, are you kidding? Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to reduce the risk of getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. So please, let's wash those hands. A lot.
HOW GERMS GET ONTO HANDS AND MAKE PEOPLE SICK
Feces (poop, yuck) from people or animals is a big time source of germs. These kinds of germs can get onto hands after people use the toilet or change a diaper, but also, after handling raw meats that have invisible amounts of animal poop on them. A single gram of human feces can contain one trillion germs. One trillion. That's ten thousand million, by the way.
Germs like to travel. They get onto hands if people touch any object that has germs on it, because someone coughed or sneezed on it, or was touched by some other contaminated object. When these germs get onto hands and are not washed off, they can be passed from person to person and make people sick. That's why germs need to be grounded by a whole lot of handwashing."
WASHING HANDS IS LIKE YOUR SUPER POWER
to help reduce the spread of illnesses and infections to others. Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands. Buh-bye germs. This helps prevent infections because:
- People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick.
- Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them.
- Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or toys, and then transferred to another person's hands.
- Handwashing education and access to soap in schools can help improve attendance. That's less sick days, by the way.