(HealthDay News) -- Got germs? Everyone does. So you need to wash your hands properly to prevent the potential spread of infection.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these guidelines for proper hand washing:
- Rinse your hands under warm or cool running water, then apply soap.
- Lather the soap between your hands, scrubbing your fingers, the fronts and backs of your hands and under your nails.
- Wash for at least 20 seconds. That's about how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" to yourself.
- Thoroughly rinse under clean running water, then dry your hands on a dry towel or let them air dry.
-- Diana Kohnle
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