Here is how to wash your hands and lower the risk of COVID-19
Remember: Hand washing is a simple, effective way to fight off infections and keep yourself healthy. It’s easy to do, inexpensive and only takes 20 seconds of your time. In fact, it’s the best 20 seconds you can spend on your health – and the health of others around you.
What’s the proper technique for washing my hands?
There are only a few simple steps to take to give your hands a thorough cleaning and prevent the spread of illness. The steps are:
- Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold).
- Lather up your hands with soap. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds. Silently “singing” the birthday song twice is an easy-to-remember 20-second timer tool. Don’t forget to wash your wrists, the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Turn off the water with your elbow.
- Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.
- If you used a towel to dry your hands, use the same towel to open the bathroom door to leave the room. Discard the towel in a wastebasket.
So what is myth or Fact?
Antibacterial Soap- Fact or Myth
The FDA says there is no proof that using consumer-labeled “antibacterial” soap is better at preventing illness than ordinary soap and water. Actually all soap is antibacterial. And because germs you are exposed to include viruses, it makes even less sense to worry about “antibacterial” labeled soap. MYTH BUSTED-- any soap will do the job!
Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers in removing certain germs from your hands. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can actually kill certain types of germs – but not all germs – and in those cases, you need to use soap and water.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers: Do they work?
- May not work well if your hands are heavily soiled or greasy.
- May not remove chemicals like pesticides and heavy metals.
- Can be harmful if swallowed.
- Have to be used as instructed to be fully effective.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends washing your hands with soap and water whenever possible to reduce the amounts and types of all germs and chemicals on your hands. However, if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizers with lower alcohol levels are not as effective in killing germs.
If you have a lot of cracks in the skin on your hands or have dry or chapped hands, use a mild soap, like Dove or Neutrogena, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers (which can further dry out your skin). Washing your hands too often or using these hand sanitizers strips your hands of healthy oils and the good bacteria needed to fight off germs. Germs can also more easily enter your body through skin that is not intact. To combat this condition, apply Tough&Quick Hand Repair Cream to your hands.
Signs you’re overwashing your hands include red or raw skin, itching or flaky skin and pain. Check with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns you may be overwashing your hands.
With constant hand washing your hands are particularly prone to dryness, cracking or splits. In addition to washing, did you know that your skin loses 25% of its water content during the winter months?
So keep your hands healthy! Use Tough and Quick Hand Repair Cream to rebuild the essential oils and moisture that your skin needs to be healthy.