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Clean hands prevent infection outbreaks

Whether you feel sick or not, hand-washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of major diseases like the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 is found in bodily fluids like spit and mucus, and typically spread through coughing, sneezing, and physical contact. It can linger on surfaces for multiple days, and can be spread from you to others even if you don't feel any symptoms.

That's why hand-washing is vital; it helps protect you from getting infected and reduces the chances that you will infect others. It's a one-two punch, the first line of defense in a major pandemic.

When to wash your hands

Always wash your hands before:

  • Caring for sick individuals, seniors, and children
  • Preparing or eating food
  • Meeting people in a social setting
  • Treating a cut or wound

Always wash your hands after:

  • Blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Caring for sick individuals, seniors, and children
  • Taking public transit
  • Changing diapers or cleaning up a child after toilet use
  • Preparing or eating food
  • Handling any animals, food, or waste
  • Treating a cut or wound
  • Using the washroom

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