Twenty seconds is not a lot of time, but a lot can happen. Sports fans can go from sheer bliss to utter devastation and back. Your hands can go from germy to clinically clean.
Health organizations and medical experts are offering tips to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). Maintaining good hygiene, including cleaning your hands often, is the number one tip. So, what is the best way to wash our hands?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers the following step-by-step guide to prevent the spread of germs through proper handwashing techniques:
- “Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.”
In the last 20 seconds, you learned how to properly wash your hands. Time well spent.