Free Hand Washing Poster: Wash Your Hands!
Your hands appear to be clean, but they may carry germs. Hands pick up germs in everyday tasks and environments.
When people sneeze or cough, the germs that are are expelled into the air in tiny droplets. If these droplets get onto your hands, and then you touch your mouth, eyes or nose without washing away the germs, you may contract an infection if the other person is sick. You can also get sick if you don’t wash your hands before and after preparing food, raw meat and after using the toilet.
Washing your hands prevents you from getting sick, and reduces the risk of infecting others. If you don’t wash your hands properly before coming into contact with others, the germs on your hands can infect them. Germs on shared objects like doorknobs, keyboards, and other equipment in the home or workplace can infect others.
Hand-to-hand contact can spread mild conditions, such as the common cold, but also more severe or life-threatening diseases. The very young, the elderly, those with a pre-existing disease, and people with a compromised immune system, such as those with HIV or AIDS are at particular risk of Infectious diseases.
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