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www.wmfd.com - With the Ebola virus making headlines, a lot of us are wondering what we can do to protect ourselves, and well, believe it or not, periodically washing our hands can help.

   
 
 
Small Task Of Hand Washing Can Protect You From Big Problems

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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With the Ebola virus making headlines, a lot of us are wondering what we can do to protect ourselves. Well, believe it or not, periodically washing our hands can help. Here's today's Health Minute. Germs, they're everywhere. And they're pretty robust. According to the Centers for Disease Control, bacteria and viruses can live on open surfaces for two hours or even days. So they can be easily transferred to our palms and fingers. What's the best way to avoid catching something? Health experts say wash our hands. According to the CDC, 20 seconds of scrubbing with soap and water can knock those germs out. How long is 20 seconds? Sing Happy Birthday twice. That will do it. According to the World Health Organization, washing our hands correctly can save more lives than any vaccine. WHO officials say that's because washing our hands stops the transmission of disease by getting rid of airborne bacteria and virus pathogens,. It is estimated that washing our hands cuts the incidents of diarrhea by nearly half. Not near a sink? Hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol can also fight germs. So take precautions, let's wash our hands frequently. It can make a difference in our health.

   
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