According to the Centers for Disease Control, one of the best ways to protect yourself from the disease is to wash your hands often.
You can prevent germs from spreading from one person to another with clean hands.
Here are five simple steps recommended by the CDC in how to wash your hands properly:
First, you need to wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Second, rub your hands together with the soap. Scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Third, scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Now rinse your hands properly under clean, running water.
The last step is to dry your hands with a clean towel or by air drying them.
CDC also suggests washing your hands often to stay healthy. For example, ‘’before, during, and after preparing food, before eating food, before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea.’’
“Before and after treating a cut or wound, after using the toilet, after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet.
“After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, after touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste, after handling pet food or pet treats and after touching garbage.’’
Dr. Angela Hewlett, medical director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, told PEOPLE Magzine, “It’s always important for people to remember to practice infection control methods like getting their flu shot, covering their cough and staying home from work or school if they’re sick.”
“That can prevent the spread of any illness, not just influenza, and this coronavirus would be in the same category,” she adds.
“If a person is ill and seeking medical care, often a mask will be placed on them — but that’s because if you’re sick, a mask can prevent you spreading it to other people when you cough or sneeze,” says Hewlett. “Wearing a mask when you’re not sick has not been proven to help protect you with this kind of illness.”
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