Your life is in your hands: Global Handwashing Day is Oct. 15

October 15, 2016

Editor’s note: In recognition of Global Handwashing Day today, we have compiled information from the CDC about why it is so important to promote this simple activity. 

Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you and those around you can stay healthy.

To watch a 3-minute CDC video on handwashing techniques and why its important to get it done right, click on the image.

Proper hand washing at the proper times could reduce diarrhea illnesses by a third and respiratory illnesses by almost a fifth according to multiple research reports.