Global Handwashing Day

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day

Washing your hands with soap before eating and after using the toilet can save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter.

The CDC says that hand washing is like a do-it-yourself vaccine with five steps: Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. To properly time this step, hum the “Happy Birthday to You” song from beginning to end two times.

On 15 October 2014, Madhya Pradesh, a state in central India, won the Guinness World Record for the most massive hand washing program, when 1,276,425 children in 51 different districts participated.

This is the official logo for Global Handwashing Day

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