Wash your hands

Last modified: 
07/29/2021 - 08:49

Washing your hands is important because you are very likely to touch around your face or nose. If COVID-19 germs are on your hands there is a chance you will become exposed to the virus. While water may rinse off dirt, COVID-19 particles are very small and can present even in the tiny lines or folds on our skin or under your nails. Soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer and at least 20 seconds of scrubbing is needed to attach to the germs to remove them.

  • after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing 
  • after visiting a public space, including public transport, markets and places of worship
  • after touching surfaces outside of the home
  • after touching money 
  • before, during and after caring for a sick or vulnerable person 
  • before and after eating. 
  • after using the toilet.
  • after handling garbage.
  • after touching animals and pets.
  • after changing babies’ diapers or helping children use the toilet.
  • when your hands are visibly dirty.

How to wash your hands properly

  1. Wet your hands with warm water
  2. Apply soap
  3. Wash for at least 20 seconds, including:
    1. palm and back of each hand
    2. between fingers
    3. under nails
    4. thumbs
  4. Rinse well
  5. Dry hands well with paper towel
  6. Turn off tap using paper towel

Using hand sanitizer

Use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol and rub it into your hands for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to rub:

  • palm and back of each hand
  • between fingers
  • under nails
  • Thumbs