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We frequently hear recommendations to wash our hands thoroughly and often. That's because scientific studies repeatedly conclude that proper handwashing is one of the most effective ways to improve public health.
Even if people did nothing else to prevent the spread of infection, proper handwashing can help reduce the risk of infection of influenza-like diseases by 50%.
Remember that proper handwashing lasts for at least 30 seconds to give the soap an opportunity to destroy germs and viruses, as well as reaching all parts of the hands including under the fingernails, the thumbs, and the wrists.
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