Walk into any public restroom and you’re certain to see a sign stating that employees must wash their hands before returning to work. Hopefully you know that this sign applies to more than just employees—you should be washing your hands after going to the bathroom, too!
Not only does washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds help wash away the dirt and grime, it also helps remove germs including viruses and other potentially harmful bacteria.
Becky Miller, MD, Infectious Disease Physician at NorthShore, gives the following tips on the importance of washing your hands:
How many times a day do you wash your hands? Do you wash them more frequently when you’re sick?