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Remember to Wash Your Hands

Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:10 PM

By: Lauren McRae

There are several things we can all do to remain safe, healthy and vigilant during COVID-19, but one of the most important things we can do is wash our hands frequently. Make sure you clean your hands often with soap and warm water. When water isn't available, use sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth during this time. If you do, please wash your hands.

Wash Your Hands

Not only does washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds help wash away the dirt and grime, but it also helps remove germs including viruses and other potentially harmful bacteria.

The experts at NorthShore give the following tips on the importance of washing your hands:

  • Wash often. Washing your hands can help decrease your chances of getting sick, especially during cold and flu season.
  • Sing a song. Hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice for an easy way to remember how long you should wash your hands.
  • Scrub. Don’t forget to rub soap and water over all surfaces of your hands – it is the mechanical action of cleaning that helps eliminate most of the germs.
  • Carry antiseptic gel or wipes. If soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand rub to kill germs, remembering that it will not be effective for cleaning visibly soiled hands.
  • Avoid spreading germs. Remember to wash your hands after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing to help avoid spreading germs to others.

How many times a day do you wash your hands?