National Hand Washing Awareness Week

  • Each year, the first full week of December is National Hand Washing Awareness week.
  • Making a habit of good hand hygiene is an easy, effective way to prevent infections and sicknesses.
  • Some may think they don’t need to wash their hands, but check out some of these statistics:
    • 80% of communicable diseases can be transferred by touch (person-to-person contact)
    • Pneumonia is the number one cause of childhood death, and is preventable by regular hand washing
    • The two most important times to wash your hands are before and after preparing food, and after going to the bathroom
    • Studies show that people who wash their hands have 24% less sick days because of respiratory illness, and 51% fewer sick days due to a sick stomach