Wash Hands

Washing hands regularly with soap and water is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that you wash your hands after you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens, etc.

Also, you should always wash your hands:

  • before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth,
  • before, during, and after preparing food,
  • before eating food,
  • before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea,
  • before and after treating a cut or wound,
  • after using the toilet, after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet,
  • after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing,
  • after touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste,
  • after handling pet food or pet treats,
  • after touching garbage.

Washing your hands properly takes about as long as singing “Happy Birthday” twice! 🎉

Written by Pulmonologist Dr. Mohammed

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