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Coronavirus: how to wash your hands

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

With a new strain of Coronavirus making the news as authorities around the world try to prevent its spread, there is one easy task you can do to play your part.

Washing your hands is an easy way to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning and flu.

According to the NHS, you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

1. Wet your hands with water.

2. Apply enough soap to cover your hands.

3. Rub your hands together.

4. Use one hand to rub the back of the other hand and clean in between the fingers. Do the same with the other hand.

5. Rub your hands together and clean in between your fingers.

6. Rub the back of your fingers against your palms.

7. Rub your thumb using your other hand. Do the same with the other thumb.

8. Rub the tips of your fingers on the palm of your other hand. Do the same with the other hand.

9. Rinse your hands with water. 10. Dry your hands completely with a disposable towel.

11. Use the disposable towel to turn off the tap.

If you do not have immediate access to soap and water then use alcohol-based handrub if available.

Always wash your hands:

  • after using the toilet

  • after changing a nappy

  • before and after handling raw foods

  • before eating or handling food

  • after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing

  • before and after treating a cut or wound

  • after touching animals, including pets, their food and after cleaning their cages.

Help reduce the spread of harmful viruses and bacterium. Wash your hands.

Information above taken from NHS.

KSH Safety Services have an e-learning course on Infection Control, aimed at the health and social care sector. More details here.


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