Wash your hands! This simple action is the number one way to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The CDC recommends handwashing to reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths, reduce the likelihood of foodborne illness outbreaks, and reduces risks for medical workers. There’s lots of ways our hands get dirty – changing diapers, pumping gas and any time you encounter bodily fluids.
We’ve always known that routine handwashing is the best way to fight back against colds and flu – and it’s more important now than ever! Handwashing helps keep you from getting sick and from spreading germs by removing bacteria and viruses before they can enter your body or spread to others. Many illnesses begin when you come in contact with a child’s excreta, after using the toilet, touching other people’s hands or other contaminated surfaces.
When should you wash your hands?
• when you return home from being out
• after using the bathroom
• before cooking or eating
• after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
• after touching animals, even family pets
• after cleaning the house, especially toilets and sinks
• before and after visiting or taking care of someone who is sick
Handwashing the Right Way
The World Health Organization recommends following this proper handwashing technique to be most effective in stopping the spread of germs. Teach this routine to your kids – and practice washing your hands together often so they understand how important this habit is to good health. When you wash, it should take about one minute from start to finish. Use a timer or count from 1-10 for each of the following steps.
1. Wet hands with water and apply enough soap to cover the entire surfaces of the hands. Let the water run smoothly to avoid touching the tap later on.
2. Rub hands palm to palm to obtain a good quantity of foam, then rub right hand over left hand with interlaced fingers and vice versa.
3. Rub again palm to palm with fingers interlaced.
4. Rub your left thumb rotationally into your right palm. Repeat with the right thumb.
5. Rinse hands thoroughly with running water.
6. Dry hands thoroughly with a single use towel. If the tap is not single use operated, use the towel to turn off the tap.
Your hands are now clean and safe! When soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer than contains at least 60% alcohol.