Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others, especially during cold and flu season. Handwashing can prevent 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as colds and flu, and 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses.

Wash Your Hands Often

Wash your hands with soap and water at these key times to prevent the spread of germs and stay healthy during cold and flu season:
• Before, during, and after preparing food
• Before eating food
• Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
• After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• After using the toilet
• Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands the right way removes more germs, like those that cause cold and flu. Help prevent the spread of colds, flu, and other diseases by washing your hands with soap and water and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds each time.