Bethel School District Eugene OR

Hand Washing Helps Prevent Cold and Flu

Effective Hand Washing

  • Use plenty of soap and water
  • Scrub vigorously wrists, tops of hands, between fingers, under and around rings, palms, and fingernails for 30 seconds
  • Rinse well
  • Dry
  • Turn off the faucet with a paper towel so clean hands stay clean

It is the soap and rubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs. Drying helps remove germs that may be left after rinsing.

It is important to wash hands:

  • Before, during and after preparing food;
  • Before eating;
  • After using the bathroom or assisting another person in the bathroom;
  • After handling animals or animal waste;
  • When hands are dirty;
  • After recess or gym; and
  • After blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing. (Yes! Even if you use a tissue!)


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