Handwashing – Best Practices

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CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

The Importance of Washing Your Hands

Handwashing is a critical factor in reducing pathogens, which are microorganisms that cause illness. Some pathogens are on hands at all times, while that can contaminate hands through feces, vomit or environmental contamination. Without proper hygiene, these pathogens can transfer to ready-to-eat foods (RTE) and cause illness. Hand sanitizers are not a replacement for thorough handwashing.

Please see the handouts below. If you have any questions please reach out to the CDC – see link below.

COVID-19 Food Safety Resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Handwashing – Best Practices

Cornavirus – Symtoms

Coronavirus – What To Do If You Are Sick

Coronavirus – What You Need to Know About