Preventing Coronavirus: A Simple Guide to Proper Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene, either with soap and water or with alcohol-based handrub, is one of the best ways to avoid getting coronavirus and spreading infection to others. Indeed, hand hygiene is an easy, inexpensive, and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep everyone healthy.

When should I wash my hands?

  • Before leaving home and after arriving
  • After using the bathroom
  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After coughing, blowing your nose or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal waste or animal feed
  • After handling pet treats or pet food
  • After touching garbage

How should I wash my hands?

Wet your hands using clean, running water. Turn off the tap and apply soap.

Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather between your fingers, the backs of your hands and under your nails.

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. That’s about the time it takes to hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice from beginning to end.

Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

Dry your hands using a clean towel.

Carefully follow the steps shown in this video from the CDC to properly wash your hands and prevent the spread of germs: 

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