COVID-19: Precautions, Hygiene, Stress, Teladoc, and more
Latest Update about Coronavirus for People on Medicare.
Five Simple Steps to Effective Hand Washing
Wet: Put both your hands under clean, running water.
Lather: Apply a generous amount of soap to the inside and back of your hands as well as your fingertips. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (but 40 seconds is even better), and don’t forget to wash under any jewelry you are wearing and under your fingernails. Your fingertips are especially important as people often put their fingers on their face, nose, and eyes. This is how the virus spreads.
Scrub: Rub both hands together and move your fingertips around both hands. You don’t need a scrub brush. You don’t need to make harsh, scrubbing movements.
Rinse: Return both hands to the running water and gently wash away the soap.
When Should You Wash Your Hands?
Handwashing throughout the day is important, but even more important during an outbreak. Science has shown that washing your hands for 20-40 seconds is effective in killing germs. That’s long enough for you to sing the chorus of your favorite song. Always remember to wash your hands in these situations:
- 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 bathroom
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the bathroom
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
When should you use hand sanitizer?
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is helpful in protecting against the spread of germs and viruses, and it is an effective solution when soap and water are not readily available. Carrying a travel size bottle of hand sanitizer makes it easy to disinfect your hands if a sink and soap are not readily available.
If you do need to use a hand sanitizer, here are some tips.
- Apply the product generously to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.