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Handwashing

Washing your hands is the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease. Get into the habit now of washing your hands with soap and warm water.

WASH HANDS BEFORE WASH HANDS AFTER
  • Eating a meal
  • Preparing, handling, or serving food
  • Providing direct, hands-on care of others
  • Feeding young children or other people
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Going to the washroom
  • Wiping your nose
  • Touching items that may be contaminated

Thoroughly cleaning your hands takes 2 – 3 minutes to complete (about the length of time it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday” twice)

How to wash your hands

You can either use plain soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs.

Plain soap and water

  1. Wet hands under warm running water.
  2. Apply soap and distribute over hands.
  3. Create a good lather between your hands
  4. Rubbing hard, coat your entire hand with lather (including wrists, back of hand, fingernails, thumbs, palms, and web spaces between fingers.)
  5. Rinse both hands with warm running water.
  6. Using a paper towel, shut off tap. THROW AWAY this towel.
  7. Use a new paper towel to dry hands gently and thoroughly.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers

Only use hand sanitizers that contain a minimum of 60% alcohol and only when plain soap and water are not available.

  1. Remove any visible, heavy soil on hands before using hand sanitizer.
  2. Apply a quarter-sized drop of sanitizer on the palm on one hand.
  3. Rub sanitizer over both hands (including wrists, back of hand, fingernails, thumbs, palms, and web spaces between fingers.)
  4. Let product air-dry for 15 to 20 seconds.
  5. Do not touch anything with your hands until they are completely dry.