Handwashing is the single most important act you can do to prevent getting sick and making others sick. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 5,000 people die each year from foodborne illnesses. 78 million become ill, and between 79,000 and 96,000 die from hospital infections each year. A direct link to many of these deaths is poor handwashing.

In 2003, the American Society of Microbiology sponsored a study by Wirthlin Worldwide and found that 95% of adults say they always wash their hands after using public restrooms; however, only 78% of adults passing through public restrooms located in major airports actually did wash their hands. That translates into 22 out of 100 people who use public restrooms leaving without washing their hands!

For questions or to get involved in the campaign, call the  Health Education Division at 419-228-4457.

Page-sized posters that can be hung in restroom areas are available at the Allen County Public Health or can be downloaded here.

Cover Your Cough – Stop the Spread of Germs that Make You and Others Sick!
Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by:

  Coughing or sneezing
  Unclean hands



To help stop the spread of germs,

  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
  Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing – wash with soap and water, or use alcohol-based cleaner.



Click here for a link to the  “Why Don’t We Do It In Our Sleeves” video.