The CDC says one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness, including the novel coronavirus, is to wash your hands. But are you doing it the right way?
Yes, according to the CDC, there is a right way to wash your hands. This is how it should be done, according to their hand-washing website.
If soap and water aren't readily accessible, the CDC says to use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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It's important to note that even though sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands, the CDC says they do not get rid of all types of germs, may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy and might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.
The CDC says you should be washing your hands during these key times:
For more from the CDC on when and how to wash your hands, click here.