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Health & Sanitation: Slow the Spread

Walmart is giving away PPE and sanitation equipment to schools and frontline workers in our various communities. With your help and support we can slow the spread of COVID19.

Through our donation match initiative, we pledge to give supplies to our chosen community partners for every one purchased on the list below.

  • Disposable/Reusable face masks

Wearing a mask to cover your nose and mouth not only protects the wearer, but also everyone they come in contact with. Masks block most germs coming from a person’s mouth and nose, preventing airborne spread of the virus.

  • Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is a good way to regularly keep up with staying healthy. The leading brands of sanitizer kill over 99% of all germs, so a quick pump of hand sanitizer after touching a shared surface can greatly reduce the spread of disease.

  • Antibacterial Wipes

Wiping down shared surfaces can also reduce the spread of the virus. Using wipes in schools and other shared spaces make sure that surfaces are always safe and ready for their next user.

  • Hand soap

While hand sanitizer can be extremely helpful in slowing the spread, nothing beats good old fashioned soap and water. People should be washing their hands for 30 seconds at least every hour to thoroughly decontaminate their hands.

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These products can make real changes for those affected by the current pandemic, and can help frontline workers and teachers offer their services as well as ever!

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Washing Your Hands To Stop the Spread of COVID-19

There are multiple ways we can take care of ourselves and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing masks in public and practicing social distancing can help prevent the spread of the virus but what is most important is washing your hands as often as possible. Having clean hands at all times can help stop the spread of germs and bacteria from one person to another and throughout the community.

Why Handwashing Makes Us Healthier – and Happier too!

Germs and bacteria can spread from touching your face, contaminated objects, and surfaces with unwashed hands. Washing your hands often is the most effective way to help keep you healthy along with the people around you. Now with COVID-19 you also need to wash your hands after being in high trafficked public areas because of how frequently stuff is touched by other people.

Washing your hands the right way:

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
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Although washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of lingering germs on your hands, there are times where it is not available. Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is your next best option, it can quickly reduce the number of germs on your hands. However, hand sanitizer does not get rid of all germs, when your hand is visibly dirty it’s best to just find a sink.

How to Help

Walmart is trying to help educate and support its community during theses troubling times of COVID-19. Walmart is donating supplies like hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies to schools in need to give their faculty and students a fighting chance to help stop the spread.