Protect Your Microbes
• Don’t be scared of microbes. Most actually help you. • Don’t pressure your doctor to give you antibiotics.
They may cause more harm than good. • Know when to wash your hands—for example, when preparing food
and before eating. To learn more, visit www.cdc.gov/handwashing. • Don’t use antibacterial products you don’t need. Antibacterial soaps have little or no health benefit. And antibacterial versions of household products (like phones and staplers) have not been shown to reduce your risk of infection. • Don’t go overboard with hand sanitizers. They’re useful in health
care settings, but hand washing is a better option in most situations. • Experiment with different skin moisturizers
to see which work best for you. • There’s no conclusive evidence that so-called
“probiotic” products have health benefits.