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Wash your hands

How to do it properly to defend against Coronavirus and other illnesses

The Story

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic I have been washing my hands every 1-2 hours using the method recommended by medical professionals

My husband is still going out to work and visiting customers (where he can) so we have a system whereby he goes straight to the kitchen sink to wash his hands as soon as he comes in and then I do the same just in case.

People should do this because…

Here is what the NHS says:

Washing your hands properly removes dirt, VIRUSES and bacteria to stop them spreading to other people and objects, which can spread illnesses such as food poisoning, flu or diarrhoea.

It can help stop people picking up infections and spreading them to others.

It can also help stop spreading infections when you’re visiting someone in hospital or another healthcare setting.

How do you do it?

  1. Wet hands with water
  2. Apply enough soap to cover your hands
  3. Rub your hands together
  4. Use 1 hand to rub the back of the other hand and clean between the fingers. Repeat with other hand
  5. Rub palms of both hands together and clean between fingers
  6. Rub the back of your fingers against your palms
  7. Rub your thumb using the other hand. Repeat on other side
  8. Rub the tips of your fingers on the palm of your other hand.  Repeat with other hand
  9. Rinse hands with water
  10. Dry hands completely with disposable towel
  11. Use the disposable towel to turn off the tap
  12. Dispose of towel

You should spend a good 20 seconds washing your hands, or as long as it takes to sing ‘happy birthday’ twice

Stuff you will need

  • Hot water
  • Soap
  • Paper towels

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