Every day, we are bombarded with news about ways to protect ourselves from COVID-19 and prevent it’s spread. And while there are plenty of myths about how to fight off the virus, the main thing that everyone agrees on and recommends is the simplest– washing your hands. This may seem like an obvious and mundane measure to take but the World Health Organization maintains that washing your hands properly is at the top of the list of things to do in warding off and preventing the spread of coronavirus. That being said, all hand washing techniques are not made equal. Keep reading to find out the best way to wash your hands and the recommended water temperature for handwashing.
Why Not Just Use Hand Sanitizer?
While a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is a great way to kill germs, nothing is better than a thorough washing with good ole soap and water. Washing your hands is more effective than hand sanitizer, and removes more germs than alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Of course, if washing your hands aren’t possible, hand sanitizer can be used until you have access to soap and water again.
What Is The Proper Way To Wash Your Hands?
Simply wetting hands is not enough. If you want to effectively wash your hands and kill germs, the rule of thumb is to scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. And don’t just rub your hands together– be sure to get every nook and cranny, including under your fingernails. After you’re done, rinse well and then dry your hands on a clean towel.
Warm or Cold?
Many people wonder whether or not it is more effective to use hot water or cold water to best kill germs when washing your hands. There are conflicting reports on which is best, but experts say that water temperature really isn’t that important; using a good soap is much more important. And because you should be washing your hands frequently, it is probably best to use a moderate temperature so you don’t strip, dry out, or agitate the skin on your hands.
Village Emergency Centers
Even if you wash your hands and take every precaution, there is still a chance you may become sick. If you are exhibiting symptoms or suspect that you may be infected with coronavirus, find a Village Emergency Center near you. We offer drive-through testing so that you can get the answers and care that you need without risking infection or spread.