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Do You Know When to Wash Your Hands?

With so much concern about coronavirus and other illnesses, proper hand washing is more important today than ever before.

And while this sounds simple enough, many people don’t know when to wash their hands or how to do so effectively.

Fortunately, there’s not much you need to know and remember. Here are some important times to wash your hands:

• Before, during, and after preparing food

• Before you eat

• Before and after treating an injury, such as a cut

• Before and after caring for a sick individual

• After using the restroom

• After blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing

• After touching garbage

• After touching public door handles

• After pumping gas

• After handling money

• When you arrive home or at the office

Adding to the above, as a general rule of thumb it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you think you need to wash your hands, there’s a good chance you’re right.

When doing so, follow these five simple steps:

• Wet your hands with clean, warm water

• Lather your hands with soap, being sure to cover the entire area

• Scrub your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds

• Rinse your hands in warm, running water

• Dry your hands with a clean towel or paper towel

There has never been a better time to get into the habit of regularly washing your hands in the appropriate manner. It’s time to make this a big part of your daily routine.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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