Reduce Your Risk of Sickness in Just 20 Seconds

Did you know that washing your hands regularly throughout the day can significantly cut your risk of getting sick?

“Germs get on your hands and you spread them to other people or objects, or even to yourself when you touch your face, your mouth, your eyes,” explained Daniel Cassavar, MD, president and chief medical officer, ProMedica Physicians. “So it’s important that you’re washing your hands many times throughout the day.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, washing your hands regularly can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 upper respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. Soap and hot water are the important ingredients, but the proper technique is also needed, which means washing for at least 20 seconds.

“Take a minute or so. Make sure you thoroughly get under all the surfaces and in between your fingers so that you really get a good lather up,” said Dr. Cassavar. “Then make sure you rinse it off.”

What are the most germ-covered surfaces and how long do germs sit on these surfaces? Watch the video below to find out.


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