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.
washing your hands

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.

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