Viral outbreaks aren’t new. However, they aren’t something we should take lightly when they appear. Especially with it being flu and now COVID-19 season! Even if you’re at low risk for the virus, washing your hands stops the spread of germs to help keep others safe. Let’s do our part to help each other stay healthy, not only now, but in the future.

Wash Your Hands!

We all know how to wash our hands. But some of us may skimp on the process (even if we don’t admit it!) Let’s get back to basics and go over how to properly wash your hands. 

  1. Begin by wetting your hands before you apply soap. Lather your hands together, reaching under nails and between fingers. 
  2. Once the soap has reached everywhere, then it’s time to scrub. 
  3. Rub your hands together for at LEAST 20 seconds. Be sure to get in between your fingers, under your nails, and the backs of your hands. 
  4. Then, rinse your hands when you’re done with clean water and dry them off with a clean towel.

If you struggle with making sure you spend enough time hand washing, there are a few tricks you can try. The best tip we’ve heard is singing 20 seconds of your favorite song. For example, go ahead and sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

KEEP IN MIND: Hand sanitizer is great in short-term situations. But, it doesn’t get rid of all of the germs. Even after using hand sanitizer, try to avoid touching your face until you can get to a sink with hand- washing soap.