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The Key to Wellness

Piper handwashing smallTrying to stay healthy this flu season? Washing your hands is still key! According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “your hands give germs a free ride into your body through your eyes, nose or mouth.” Because we use our hands to touch everything around us, they offer the quickest and easiest way for germs to enter our bodies. If you had a recent stomach bug, you probably got it through your hands. The good news? Any kind of soap will work just fine to get rid of germs. All soaps, whether antibacterial or not, contain ingredients that break the cells of the bacteria and kill them. Warm or cold water will work. Using soap and scrubbing for long enough will do the job just fine. Just remember to scrub for at least 20 seconds – and wash your hands frequently, especially after going to the restroom or before touching food. Encourage others around you to do the same and you’ll go a long way toward staying well and avoiding the flu.

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