Hand hygiene

On this page you can find some handy information

How to wash your hands properly

Step 1: Wet hands with running water
Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover wet hands
Step 3: Scrub all surfaces of the hands – including back of hands, between fingers and under nails – for at least 20 seconds
Step 4: Rinse thoroughly with running water
Step 5: Dry hands with a clean cloth, single-use towel or blow drier.

How to use hand sanitiser

The method used for hand sanitiser is the same as the one above for hand-washing. Use a sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Rub it into your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure full coverage.

When should I wash my hands?

Wash your hands regularly, especially at the following times:

  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After visiting a public space, including public transport, markets and places of worship
  • After touching surfaces outside of the home
  • After touching money
  • Before, during and after caring for a sick or vulnerable person
  • Before and after eating.

Do I need to use warm water to wash my hands?

No, you can use any temperature of water to wash your hands. Cold water and warm water both kill germs and viruses – as long as you use soap.

Which is better: washing your hands or using hand sanitiser?

Handwashing with soap and water or using hand sanitiser, when done correctly, are both highly effective at killing most germs and viruses. Hand sanitiser is often more convenient when you are outside of the home, but can be expensive or difficult to find in emergency contexts.

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