3 Reasons for Global Handwashing Day

We are reminded of the importance of handwashing with soap and clean water each year on Global Handwashing Day. The annual event was established to raise awareness of the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective way to prevent disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that proper handwashing can:

  • Reduce the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23 – 40%

  • Reduce diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%

  • Reduce respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16 – 21%

  • Reduce absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren by 29 – 57%

To honor Global Handwashing Day, here are three reasons to wash your hands with soap daily.

Handwashing is low-cost

It’s no secret that handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Not only is it practical, but it’s a low-cost method with a high return on investment.

Think about it — handwashing with soap doesn’t require special equipment or training, making it a cost-effective way to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses. In fact, handwashing has been shown to have a high return on investment, meaning that adequate handwashing takes minimal effort but delivers a high prevention rate.

Handwashing is quick and easy

All it takes is at least 20 seconds of your time, some soap and clean running water.

Handwashing also makes you feel better and cleaner. When you wash your hands, you’re not only washing off dirt and germs but also assuring yourself that you won’t pass them on.

Handwashing saves lives

By washing our hands regularly and effectively, we can prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 while protecting our loved ones from getting sick because once the germs are washed off, we will be less likely to spread them.

In other words, handwashing is one of the simplest and most effective disease-prevention strategies available to us. Make sure to wash your hands regularly and properly, especially before you eat or prepare food, after using the restroom, and when you’re around sick people.

It’s a simple act that can have a significant impact on our health and the health of those around us.

Happy Global Handwashing Day!

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