Hands carry and spread germs. Touching your eyes, nose or mouth without cleaning your hands or sneezing or coughing into your hands may provide an opportunity for germs to get into your body. Keeping your hands clean through good hygiene practice is one of the most important steps to avoid getting sick and spreading germs.

Practising Good Hand Hygiene

Wash your hands:

  • when they are visibly dirty
  •  after:
    • sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose
    • using washroom
    • handling garbage
    • changing diapers
    • handling raw foods
    • outdoor play
  • before and after:
    • preparing and eating food
    • touching a cut or open sore
    • touching eyes, nose or mouth