Germs that cause diseases like Salmonella,E. coli O157, and norovirus that causes diarrhea can be found on your hands at various times during the day. The same germs can spread some respiratory infections like adenovirus and hand-foot-mouth disease. These kinds of germs can get onto hands after people use the toilet, but also in less obvious ways, like after handling raw meats that have invisible amounts of animal poop on them.
Washing hands prevents illnesses and spread of infections to others
Washing your hands with soap removes germs from your hands and prevents infections. People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. The germs enter the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth and make us sick.
Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick. Removing germs through handwashing therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.
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