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Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.

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alt contentHand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings: This site provides healthcare workers and patients with a variety of resources and materials.

alt contentWater-related Hygiene: Hygiene refers to behaviors that can improve cleanliness and lead to good health, such as frequent hand washing, face washing, and bathing with soap and water.

alt contentHand Hygiene to Help Prevent Flu: Good health habits for preventing seasonal flu include proper handwashing to help stop the spread of germs at home, work, and school.

alt contentHand Hygiene During an Emergency: During and after an emergency, it can be difficult to find running water.

alt contentHand Hygiene Aboard Ships: Good hand hygiene is one of the most critical control strategies in outbreak management on board ships and cruises.

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