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Proper Handwashing — and Drying — Is the No. 1 Way to Prevent Spread of Contagious Disease

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  • Handwashing tops the list of effective strategies to prevent the spread of contagious disease, both at home and in health care settings. The key is to do it, and to do it correctly, using proper products and techniques
  • Proper hand hygiene also involves proper drying. Ideally, dry your hands with a sterile paper towel. Air dryers actually spread far more germs than paper towels
  • Wash cloth towels in hot water. Tests reveal 89 percent of kitchen towels and nearly 26 percent of bathroom towels are contaminated with coliform bacteria that can cause food poisoning and diarrhea

By Dr. Mercola

With drug-resistant infections on the rise, disinfecting yourself and your surroundings may seem like a good idea. However, research has clearly shown that this may exacerbate problems rather than solve them.


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