Over the course of a day, your hands touch a lot of things that may have been contaminated by viruses or bacteria. When you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands, you risk contracting an infection such as a flu, cold or gastroenteritis.
Washing your hands is an excellent way to avoid contaminating yourself and others.
It is particularly important to wash your hands in the following instances:
You can wash your hands with soap and water or with an antiseptic product.
Use ordinary soap. It is not necessary to use antibacterial soap.
An antiseptic, such as Purell® or Bacti Control®, is a product that kills germs. Such products come in the form of gels, foams or liquids.
Use an alcohol based antiseptic. To be effective, the concentration of alcohol in the product must be at least 60%.
Keep antiseptic products out of reach of small children. Such products must only be used when washing hands and with adult supervision.
Continue rubbing until your hands have dried, without wiping.
Last update: September 21, 2016 4:34 PM
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