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How important is it to wash your hands?

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Dr. Alan Resnik
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Very important: Washing of hands reduces the transmision of disease.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Very: The #1 cause of infection spread anywhere in the world in any setting is germ transfer from the hands. You can spread infection to other parts of your body by touching it (e.g. Your face), from person to person, and from object to yourself. Handwashing significantly reduces this.
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Extremely: Hand washing reduces bacteria that can enter the body thru the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, skin, and other openings. Therefore, it will reduce the chance of infection.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Wash hands: Unless you pee on them not so important. Just common sense. But maybe they don't teach that in Iowa.

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