The most important piece of advice from health experts to help us stay safe from COVID-19 is to wash your hands.
According to the Centers for Disease control, one of the best ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to clean your hands often.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds especially after you have been in public, or after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
Make sure to follow these five steps when washing your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Make sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub together until they start to feel dry.
For more information on handwashing, visit CDC’s Handwashing Article or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.