Handwashing in Community Settings
Keeping hands clean helps prevent the spread of germs, like COVID-19. Read more about ways to protect yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or out in the community, find out how handwashing with soap and water can protect you and your family.
Learn about key times to wash, the five steps, and more information.
Learn ways to promote hand hygiene in your home and community.
Use resources to promote handwashing and prevent illness.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about washing your hands and using hand sanitizer in community settings.
See CDC’s recommendations and resources for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
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