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As of March 12, 2020, COVID-19 was deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Since then, people around the world have been taking measures to keep not only themselves safe, but also those around them.

One great way to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus is to wash and dry your hands properly. It may seem like a very simple task, but the fact is, many people are doing it incorrectly.

In this article, we’ll give you a brief overview on how to hand wash so you can fight COVID-19!

Proper Hand Washing and Drying

When it comes to washing your hands, you can never do too much of it.

Why is it important to wash your hands? There are several reasons.

For one, you may touch your face a lot; more specifically, your eyes, nose, and mouth. These are all mucous membranes, which is one way microorganisms and pathogens infect someone.

If you’ve been outside and touched multiple surfaces, then you may become infected with COVID-19 or any other illness/disease if you touch your face right after. This is why it’s so important to wash your hands before you may possibly touch your face.

Another benefit is if you’ll be certain your hands are clean before you prepare food. There are some bacteria (like E. coli) that can make people very sick if ingested.

Now that you understand the benefits of washing hands, let’s explore the proper ways to wash and dry.

1. Wet Your Hands

Wet your hands with clean running water that’s either warm or cold. Turn off the tap and apply some soap.

2. Lather Your Hands

Work the soap into a lather by running them together. Make sure you also lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

3. Scrub Your Hands

Now scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. This ensures that you get all the dirt and bacteria off properly.

Do you need a timer? Simply hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end, twice!

4. Rinse Your Hands

After scrubbing your hands, it’s time to rinse them of the soap. Run them under clean running water and rub your hands together to get them completely clean.

5. Dry Your Hands

Complete the handwashing process by using either a clean towel or airdrying them. If you choose the former, use the towel to also turn off the water and open the door when you leave the bathroom. That way, you don’t have to touch anything after you’ve just washed your hands.

Always Wash and Dry Your Hands Thoroughly

Now you know how to wash and dry your hands thoroughly and properly.

It’s more important than ever to do so during this pandemic, but remember to still keep up with proper handwashing even after it’s over. By doing so, you can do your part in decreasing the spread of other illnesses and diseases.

Do you think you have some COVID-19 symptoms? Or do you need medical care for any other reason? Then find a doctor in our network now.

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