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How To Scrub Your Hands
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the best method for preventing coronavirus is to know how it spreads, plus preventative measures like washing your hands.
"Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing," the CDC writes on its website.
Seems simple enough, right? Wrong.
The simple truth is most of us don't wash our hands correctly, which leads to an increased risk for coronavirus exposure for both ourselves and those we come into contact with. Here's how to properly wash your hands for 20 seconds:
1. Wet hands. Wetting your hands does not count towards the 20 seconds. Use either cold or warm water. For best protection, use a paper towel or disinfectant wipe to touch the faucet.
2. Apply soap.
3. Wash your palms. Washing your palms means rubbing the soap in a figure-8 motion between your palms.
4. Wash the back of your hands. Next, wash the back of your hands, including between the fingers. Take one hand and place it over the other, ensuring the fingers on the top hand scrub in-between the fingers of the bottom hand. Then flip hands.
5. Wash your thumbs! This is the step most people miss. Grab your thumbs in your palm and scrub in an up-and-down motion. Repeat for the other thumb.
6. Wash between your fingers. Wash between your fingers by intertwining your fingers and scrubbing for at least five (5) seconds.
7. Wash your fingernails. Take your fingernails on one hand and scrub them into the palm of your other hand. Then flip hands.
8. Rinse with warm water! For best protection, use a paper towel or disinfectant wipe to turn the faucet off.
That's it! You're done.
Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly and often, especially when re-entering the home from public spaces.
Additionally, the New York Times (NYT) published a great video about proper handwashing techniques, which can be found here.