Step by Step Handwashing Guide

by Joe Johnson, on March 16,2020

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Washing your hands well with soap and water is the easiest and most effective way to keep your hands clean, and in the current climate it is more important than ever to practice. With the COVID-19 disease spreading quickly it's time we review basics, when you should wash your hands and how exactly you should do it. 


  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick
  • Before and after spending time in a high traffic area
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing


  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold)
  2. Apply soap
  3. Lather your hands
  4. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  5. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  6. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Do your part in the containment of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Handwashing is your best defense and the best way to protect those around you. Share this post to help others! 

Facts over fear. Clean Hands. Open Hearts.

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