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Hand Washing Key To Infection Prevention
Updated December 8, 2016 7:21 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - Colds and flu are common this time of year, but experts say those illnesses and other infections can be prevented with just a little soap and water.

It's National Handwashing Awareness Week and medical professionals are educating people about the importance of hand hygiene.

Dr. Robert Jackson explains that besides regular hand washing, it's also important to avoid touching the "T-zone" - an entry point for germs.

He also suggests not coughing or sneezing into your hands, and washing hands both when they are dirty and before eating.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends hands be washed with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

And when that isn't possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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