Why Do We Wash Our Hands?

Art & Research: Michael Buffardi

Further Reading Literature: Ashley Valenton

Why do we wash our hands?

What are germs?

Germs are microbes that live in the air, on food, in plants and animals and stick to surfaces (Mayo Clinic).

Our immune system fights against these infectious agents to prevent us from getting sick.

These agents include: bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoans, and helminths.

When should I wash my hands?

How do germs spread?

How do I properly wash my hands?

Is hand sanitizer okay?

Hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol are good to use and can get rid of germs quickly, but don’t depend on them! They don’t get rid of all types of germs, aren’t as effective for greasy or visibly dirty hands, and can’t remove harmful chemicals (CDC).

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