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. – When it comes to protection against new coronaviruses, face masks might prove insufficient. Also, there is still no vaccine. So, the best way to prevent transmission of the virus is by washing hands – thoroughly – with soap and water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
And yes, there is a correct way to do it. It’s like a kind of art: a multi-step process that is timed and may involve several songs.
This is an official guide to washing hands from the CDC. All you need to follow is the sink and soap.
Wet your hands with running water. Then turn off the tap and clean broom.
Soap is more effective at killing germs than water alone.
Turn soap into foam by rubbing hands. Bring foam to the back of your hand, between your fingers and under your nails.
Foaming with soap causes friction, which removes harmful germs and impurities from the skin. Be sure to cover corners and gaps too, germs lurking there too.
Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds. You can sing or hum “Happy Birthday” twice to count the time.
There is no magic number, but washing hands for at least 20 seconds has been shown to kill more germs than washing for shorter periods. Singing “Happy Birthday” is just a fun way to make sure you do it long enough.
Rinse your hands under clean running water.
You have removed the germ from your hands. Clean water takes it away and throws it away.
Dry your hands with a towel or clean air (or even a little of both).
Wet hands easily transfer viruses. Drying it reduces that risk.
Soap and water are your best defense against viruses, but hand sanitizers are a good substitute if you don’t have access to them. Just drop a small disinfectant in one hand and rub with the other for about 20 seconds. Hand sanitizers don’t kill dirt, chemicals, or some types of germs, but they are better than nothing.
Leah Asmelash from CNN donated his hand to this report.
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