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Washing your hands

When must you wash your hands?

You must wash your hands  very often every day, even though you don’t think it necessary. Certainly much more often than you do now.

As we’ve already said, there may always be dangerous bacteria on our hands, which are harmful to our health.

Sometimes you may think your hands are clean if they are not black, covered in mud or ball-point pen stains or paint marks. But even if you think they are clean because they don’t look dirty, bacteria and germs are TINY and cannot be seen with the naked eye. They could be hidden anywhere...

There are times when you must wash your hands:

Before eating, having your breakfast, lunch, tea or supper.

After going to the toilet.

After playing ball, or touching flowers, grass, toys, earth, touching anything lying in the yard...

After touching animals.

Before writing, doing your homework or playing with the computer.

Before preparing a sandwich.

It is very important that you wash your hands after visiting a friend who has a cold, for example, and you touch his or her hand or give them a toy.

M. Pilar Gascón. Pharmacist.