Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog

Washing your hands is easy, AND it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent contracting Covid-19 and spreading the coronavirus that causes the disease to others. Some people skip washing their hands because they don’t realize how important it is or because they are short on time. Without washing properly and killing off the coronavirus — and other viruses, bacteria and germs we pick up from raw meats, fecal matter and respiratory droplets — it can spread between people and cause disease.

follow-these-5-steps-for-washing-handsClean hands, created simply with thorough hand washing practices, can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Worried about dry hands? After washing your hands, simply pat them dry with a clean towel, leaving them slightly damp. Use an ointment, lotion or cream to lock in the moisture, gently working it into your skin, fingertips and nails.

Overall, hand washing is an easy, effective, affordable do-it-yourself practice that prevents infections and saves lives.

Just do it, please.


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