1. Apply soap to your hands. Soap cleans your hands better than just using water. According to the FDA, you don't even have to use antibacterial soap -- any kind will do.


  1. Rub your hands together to lather up the soap, then turn off the tap to save water.


  1. Spread the lather to the backs of your hands and in between your fingers. Try to get it under your fingernails too -- bonus points if you use a nail brush to remove more dirt and germs.


  1. Now scrub your hands together for at least 20 seconds. If you don't want to count out those seconds, sing the Happy Birthday song to yourself twice without rushing through it. You can also sing the chorus these other songs or figure out how much of your favourite song to sing while doing it. The point is not to rush.


  1. Rinse your hands completely with clean water.


  1. Dry your hands using a clean towel or an air dryer. Some studies have shown that paper towels are more hygienic than air dryers, but most agree that drying your hands right after washing them is important to stop the spread of germs no matter how you do it.


You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:


  1. Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
  3. Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
  4. Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell


  1. Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean


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