The main way germs are spread from one person to another is by our hands. Keeping your hands clean is the best thing that you can do to prevent the spread of infection.
It is important to clean your hands properly throughout the day as we handle many things covered in germs like keyboards, light switches, door knobs and telephones. You should always wash your hands before preparing or eating food, after using the washroom or changing diapers, after you cough, sneeze, or use a tissue to wipe your nose, and after being in contact with someone who is sick.
These are important reminders when washing your hands:
- Use warm water.
- Lather (rub) your hands with soap for 15 seconds to get dirt and germs off. Be sure to get fingertips.
- Remove jewelry (rings, bracelets, watches), to be sure to clean well between your fingers, the back of your hands and around your thumbs and wrist.
Public Health Ontario
Infection Prevention and Control Canada
Tel: 310-2222 (no area code required)