”Wash your hands often” has been one of the biggest pieces of advice that medical experts have mentioned over the past couple of months because it truly is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19. However, washing your hands properly is just as important, if not more important than washing them often.
What’s Not Important
Many people have been reaching for soaps that contain specific ingredients or are labeled “antibacterial,” but the truth is, any bar soap or liquid soap that you find at your local grocery store will work well as long as it is used correctly. The temperature of the water that you use doesn’t matter much either; cold, warm, and hot water are all effective when it comes to killing viruses and other germs.
What Is Important
The length of time that you spend washing your hands is crucial due to how viruses are structured. Coronaviruses are held together by an outer layer of fat that is easily broken when it comes in contact with soap. However, it takes about 20 seconds of scrubbing for the soap to fully break down this outer layer. Soap also makes the hands slippery, which allows the harmless remains of the virus particles to be detached from the hands and washed down the drain.
You also want to make sure that you are scrubbing all over while you are counting to 20 or singing “Happy Birthday” twice. Make sure you wash the back of your hands, your thumbs, in between the fingers, and your fingertips. If you can’t get to a sink, using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% isopropyl alcohol is the next best thing. Gloves can also work well as long as you avoid cross-contaminating things you frequently touch, like your phone or your keys. Still, the best option of all is simply washing your hands both frequently and correctly.
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