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CDC Recommended Hand Washing Habits

Wash your hands correctly. Don't have soap? Use hand sanitizer instead!

Woman washing hands between fingers, with soap, water; in a white sink.Learn to wash your hands properly, perform daily, and share the knowledge with family and friends. Proper hand hygiene is a powerful tool that can protect you, your family, and your friends from disease. This becomes considerably more important during our current Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic crisis. Hand washing with soap and water should be performed throughout the day after certain events such as food prep/handling (before, during, and after), caring for the sick,
wound treatment
/contact, bathroom use, before touching your face, animal/pet contact, pet food handling, and taking out the garbage. Use these steps below when washing your hands

Hand Washing

  1. Wet your hands with safe water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Hum/Sing the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice to time yourself.
  4. Rinse your hands well under the water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
  6. Allow your hands to dry completely before touching anything.

Don't Have Soap?

Use a Alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  1. Apply the product on the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount to use).
  2. Rub your hands together.
  3. Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands, including in between fingers.
  4. Allow your hands to dry completely before touching anything.

Mother teaching son to wash hands at kitchen sink to protect from COVID-19/Coronavirus.Just as it is good practice for us, it is essential that we make sure our children practice proper hand washing techniques. To continue to protect ourselves during and well after this pandemic, make sure to create a habit of proper hand washing. Teach and practice with them the proper steps above. Come up with a fun song they can sing for 20 seconds. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" sung twice is one of my favorites. Remind them often and consistently when to wash - After using the toilet, Before eating, After touching pets, After playing outside, After coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose. Most importantly be a role model and practice good hygiene. This is a habit that will benefit them and you for the rest of your lives.

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