Why washing your hands is the best way to protect yourself and others

It is very easy to touch your face without noticing that you are doing it.

If your fingers have viruses on them and then you touch your eyes, nose or mouth you are likely to infect yourself. Our eyes have tear drains that flow into the nose and so can pass germs down into it. 

This is why it is good to wash your hands as often as possible as you may touch your face at any time without realising you are doing it. 

Washing your hands with soap stops viruses being passed from your hands to your eyes, nose and mouth. Water alone does not kill germs.

If soap and water aren’t available, using hand gel is a good idea.

Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of illnesses, which is why it is the main method used to fight infections in hospitals.

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