Soap and Water

    • Wet your hands and use enough soap to cover them completely.
    • Rub the palms and back of your hands.
    • Rub the tips of your fingers and in-between them.
    • Washing should take at least 20 seconds.
    • Rinse with running water.
    • Dry hands on a clean towel, a disposable towel or under a dryer.

    Hand Gel

    • Squeeze some gel the size of your thumbnail into the palm of your hand.
    • Spread it all over your hands.
    • Rub the palms and back of your hands.
    • Rub between your fingers and on the tips.
    • Keep rubbing your hands until they are dry – for at least 20 seconds.

    Hand gel needs to have at least 60% alcohol in it to kill viruses. The contents are usually listed on the back of the bottle.

    The video below shows someone washing their hands under ultraviolet light to see the difference between washing your hands for 5, 10 and 20 seconds.

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