Handwashing still remains at the top of the list for preventing the spread of Coronavirus. In order to ensure that it is effective, it must be done properly with soap and water. In cases where soap and water is not available an alcohol based sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) is the next best option.
When practiced correctly, properly washing your hands prevents the spread of germs, viral illnesses, and in this case COVID-19. To thoroughly wash your hands, wet both of your hands, lather with a sufficient amount of soap for at least 20 seconds – you can also sing happy birthday twice – clean each individual finger, clean your nails, rinse with water, then use your elbow or arm to turn off the water, and pat dry.
When do I need to wash my hands?
It is always important to wash your hands throughout the day, however, this becomes increasingly important during a pandemic. You should remember to wash your hands in the following situations:
- After going to grocery store
- Before eating food
- After shaking hands
- After going to the bathroom – both public and at home
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using things in a public setting: ATM, public computer, countertops
- After touching or throwing our garbage
I created a video to provide a detailed visual for you to model after.