Hand-Washing to Prevent Disease
Why Hand-Washing Is Important
Hand-washing is accepted as the most important practice for preventing the transmission of infections and disease. Hands, more than any other part of our bodies, are in constant contact with the environment and are therefore exposed to many contaminants.
Hands are the most common means by which contaminants are transmitted to a place where they may cause infection. Washing with soap and water suspends microorganisms (or germs) allowing them to be easily rinsed off. This protects you and other people from germs that could make you sick.