Since the spread of COVID-19, medical experts around the globe have been working hard to develop a treatment and vaccine for this disease, but they all agree that frequent handwashing is our best defense. Frequent and proper handwashing has always been and still is the key to preventing the spread of germs and diseases. Read on to know more about the benefits and importance of proper handwashing and how it can protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19.
How Should I Wash My Hands?
1. Wet your hands, with clean, running water (warm or cold). Don’t forget to turn off the tap/faucet once your hands are drenched to save water. It is best to wash your hands with running water. Using the same water in a basin or tub increases your risk of recontamination.
2. Apply soap to your hands and lather by rubbing them together. Be sure to lather your palms, the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. You can use either liquid or bar soap. It’s also safe to use other regular soaps aside from anti-bacterial soaps as long as it doesn’t irritate your skin.
3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. You can time yourself by humming to the tune of “Happy Birthday” twice. You can also choose to sing a 20-second snippet of your favorite song to make handwashing more fun and catchy.
4. Rinse your hands under clean, running water. Make sure that all soap residues have been washed off.
5. Dry your hands with a clean towel or paper tissue.
When Should I Wash My Hands?
1. After using the bathroom
2. Before touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
3. Before, during, and after preparing food
4. Before and after eating
5. Before and after caring for someone who is sick
6. Before and after treating a wound or cut
7. After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
8. After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
9. After handling pet food or pet treats
10. After touching garbage
11. After changing diapers or cleaning up after a child who used the bathroom
12. When hands are visibly dirty or greasy
13. After you have been in a public space or common area*
*Germs can be easily transmitted when you go out into a public or common area. Make sure to wash your hands if you touched door handles, tables, shopping carts, or any other items/surfaces frequently touched or handled by numerous people.
Can I Use Hand Sanitizer if I Don’t Have Soap and Water?
You can use a hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available, but make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizers with less than 60% alcohol content may not be as effective as other sanitizers. It may not work as well on other germs and it may only reduce its growth rather than killing the germs outright.
Clean Hands Can Save Thousands
A 20-second act of cleanliness can protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19 and other diseases. Whether you are at home or at work, make sure to practice proper handwashing to fight the spread of germs. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about how SYKESers work together against COVID-19.
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