In a previous article about how the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread among people, the idea that washing your hands often can lower your risk of getting the disease was mentioned. You can easily pick the droplet with virus up by touching a surface where a droplet landed before, so keeping your hands clean can really help you away from the virus.
However, experts say that you may be washing your hands wrong, which cannot protect you effectively.
How to wash your hands properly
BBC reported a 11-step way of washing hands:
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. Repeat with 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. Repeat 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 hand wash if available.
Last thing to mention, you should spend at least 20 seconds washing your hands each time to remove the virus on your hands and prevent infection.
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