Staying at home, social distancing, and washing your hands frequently is the most important way to go about saving lives at the moment. Proper hand hygiene will prevent the spread of sicknesses like the flu and common cold, and ultimately, the coronavirus.
To prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we need to understand now more than ever the importance of hand hygiene. Recognize when and where to wash your hands, how to wash them effectively, and other ways you can practice and promote cleanliness.
Washing Your Hands: When & Where
Your hands will pick up germs in a variety of situations where high-touch areas and surfaces are being used. Make sure to wash your hands after using the toilet, before and after handling food, when they are visibly filthy, and after coughing or sneezing into them. Regularly washing your hands will help to prevent the spread of the virus.
How to Wash Your Hand Effectively
All the parts of your hands should be washed thoroughly, including your fingertips, palms, and thumbs. Wet your hands with warm water, apply a good amount of soap to cover everything, rub your hands together palm to palm, and palm to the back of your hands on each one.
Make sure to interlace your fingers, washing the back of the fingers with your palms, and rotate your thumbs clasped between your hands, doing the fingers as well. Rinse your hands well with water and dry them off with a clean towel.
Pro Tip: Use a single-use towel to turn off the tap after washing your hands.
Other Ways to Practice Sanitation
If you’re an essential worker with duties to tend to outside of your home, it’s even more crucial that you practice hand hygiene however you can. Handwash stations should be readily available and sanitized for outside worksites. Using hand sanitizer can help to fight off infectious disease in a pinch, but as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website suggests, washing your hands with soap and water is the best form of hand hygiene.
Prevent the Spread of Infection. Wash Your Hands!
The importance of hand hygiene is undeniable at a time of the pandemic. Practice washing your hands frequently and let others know of how they can do their part to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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