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Coronavirus: Nine Things You Need To Know About Washing Your Hands

Posted by on March 23, 2020

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Respiratory viruses like coronavirus disease (Covid-19 ) spread when mucus or droplets containing the virus get into your body through your eyes, nose or throat.


Most often, this happens through your hands. Hands are also one of the most common ways that the virus spreads from one person to the next.


During a global pandemic, one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important ways to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water.


Here is what you need to know about how to wash your hands the right way:


1. How do I wash my hands properly?


To eliminate all traces of the virus on your hands, a quick scrub and a rinse won’t cut it. Below is a step-by-step process for effective handwashing.


Step 1: Wet hands with running water


Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover wet hands


Step 3: Scrub all surfaces of the hands – including back of hands, between fingers and under nails – for at least 20 seconds.


Step 4: Rinse thoroughly with running water.


Step 5: Dry hands with a clean cloth or single-use towel.


2. How long should I wash my hands for?


You should wash your hands for at least 20-30 seconds. An easy way to time it is by singing the full happy birthday song, twice.


The same goes for hand sanitizer: use a sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub it into your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure full coverage.


3. When should I wash my hands?


In the context of COVID-19 prevention, you should make sure to wash your hands at

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