Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways
to prevent the spread of infection and illness.
What is the right way to wash your hands?
- Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
- Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well;
be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer?
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- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.
When should you wash your hands?
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal
- After touching garbage
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do noteliminate all types of germs.
Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.
How should you use hand sanitizer?
- Apply the product to the palm of one hand.
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.
HAND SANITIZER IS NOT EFFECTIVE AGAINST THE ENTEROVIRUS-D68!!!
Lesson plans and worksheets for Handwashing