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National Handwashing Awareness Week: Hygiene Tip #2

Personal hygiene begins and ends with our hands. Though we’re taught as youngsters to wash them before dinner, it’s important to remember that germs don’t care what time of day it is, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Handwashing Awareness Week provides a great reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs and the coronavirus is also one of the simplest. Let’s examine some handy tips and tricks to keep both your and those around you healthy.

Tip #2

Washing your hands only goes so far if you’re not doing it properly. When done correctly, it’s the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs. 

Follow these five easy steps every time you wash your hands:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water
  • Lather the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails with soap
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
    • Hum the chorus of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” twice, or even sing it!
  • Rinse your hands well with clean, running water, again
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them

For more information on hand washing, please visit cdc.gov.

For more hygiene tips and tricks, keep updated on uicsl.org.