Quick Question: How often should I wash my hands, really?

Proper hand hygiene is an easy and effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but you may wonder: “When is it necessary for me to wash my hands?” 

It is important to wash your hands thoroughly with hand soap for 20 seconds (how long it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday” twice)…

BEFORE AND AFTER
Preparing and eating food
Caring for a sick individual
Touching objects that others may touch (ex: shopping carts, high touch surfaces like doorknobs or hand railings)
Taking off your cloth face covering
Using transportation (a car, bus, plane, bike ride, etc.)
AFTERAt HomeAFTERIn Public
Blowing your nose, coughing, and sneezing
Using the bathroom
Taking off shoes or clothing that you wore in public (e.g., to the grocery store, work, etc.)
Handling any item(s) delivered to you (e.g., a package, food delivery, gifts from members outside of the household)
Contact with garbage
Using any disinfecting supplies
Anytime you have been in public (yes, even after a walk in your neighborhood or a trip to the grocery store)
Blowing your nose, coughing, and sneezing
Using the bathroom
Contact with pets or babies (and their supplies – e.g., pet treats or a diaper)
Having contact with a high-touch surface in a public area (doorknobs, hand railings, etc.)

Any time that you feel it may be necessary to wash your hands, do it! It’s better to err on the side of caution. For more information on how to properly wash your hands, visit this link.

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