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Keeping hands clean is one of the most important deterrents to getting sick and spreading germs to others, particularly in the winter when exposure to germs increases due to extensive time spent indoors. Children and adults alike need to remember to wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and cover their mouths and noses with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available, encourage children (and adults!) to cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve or elbow, not their hands!