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Prevent the Spread of Disease by Washing Your Hands

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Topic: Prevent the spread of disease by washing your hands
Purpose: To persuade my audience that proper hygiene and hand washing can reduce the risk of contracting infectious diseases.

Introduction

Hand washing is a simple habit, something most people do without thinking. Yet hand washing, when done properly, is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. The purpose of my speech is to show how hand washing is an easy way to prevent infection. I will begin with the dangers of not washing your hands. Then move to proper hand washing techniques. End with when you should wash your hands.

Transition: Despite the proven health benefits of hand washing, many people don’t practice this habit as often as they should.

Body

A) Throughout the day you accumulate germs on your hands from a variety of sources, such as direst contact with people, contaminated surfaces, foods, and even animals. If you don’t wash your hands frequently enough, you can infect yourself with theses germs by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. And you can spread these germs to others by touching them or by touching surfaces that they also touch. Infectious diseases that are commonly spread through hand-to-hand include the common cold, flu, several gastrointestinal disorders. These diseases are usually simple to recover from but there are infectious diseases that are not easy to recover from. An example is MARSA, is a drug resistant strain of staph. According to Monica Embers, a Microbiology teacher at Southeastern, Staph is a bacteria found on everyone’s skin and almost everywhere in the environment. Most of the time, staph bacteria lives happily on the skin without causing

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