We are humans relearning to wash our hands. Wet hands transfer bacteria more easily than dry hands. Washing your hands with soap and water is one of our cheapest forms of infection control, and also one of the most effective. Proper handwashing means scrubbing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Very little evidence shows that antibacterial soap is better at preventing illness and the spread of infections better than good old-fashioned soap and water, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And if you use hand dryers, you're spreading germs everywhere.

Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers in removing certain germs from your hands. People tend to wash their hands for a shorter duration with the foam soap," says Ozlem Equils, MD, president of an educational nonprofit called MiOra. Make sure you rub your palms, the backs of your hands, between your fingers, your fingertips, thumbs and wrists and your nails.

This simple poster (available in two color options) shows six simple steps to washing hands. Almost every news organization in the country, from major television networks to small-town newspapers, has published its very own instructional guide explaining How to Wash Your Hands" within the past week.

The same goes for hand sanitizer: use a sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub it into your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure full coverage. In case you're wondering, here's exactly #happybirthdaysong how filthy your phone screen is The good news: Simple washing with soap and water will reduce transmission of these pathogens," Dr. Burris says.
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