According to mothers around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular handwashing is an important part of keeping you healthy. Excellent hand hygiene plays an essential role in protecting yourself and others from illnesses like the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19. While the best way to keep yourself safe during the coronavirus pandemic is to practice social distancing, keeping your hands germ-free is essential to staying healthy throughout quarantine, even while you’re staying home. Your Yuba City dentist share a few simple yet effective hand hygiene tips to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
5 Steps to Proper Handwashing
Half-hearted hand hygiene won’t effectively protect you from germs. There are five steps to thoroughly washing your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water.
- Lather your hands with soap and wash for 20 seconds.
- Clean your fingertips as well as underneath your fingernails and jewelry.
- Rinse the soap off gently with clean, running water.
- Dry your hands completely, ideally with a disposable (paper) towel.
When to Wash Your Hands Throughout COVID-19
According to health experts, you should always be washing your hands:
- Before eating.
- Before leaving the bathroom.
- After handling raw food, garbage, or an animal.
However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should also wash your hands:
- After returning from a public place like a grocery store or gas station.
- Directly after blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.
- Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Tips for Using Hand Sanitizer in COVID-19
The best way to clean your hands is to use the five steps outlined above. However, if you are in an area where this is not an option, you can disinfect your hands with a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Before using it, be sure to read the back of the bottle and follow the printed instructions to apply it with the proper technique. Typically, this includes placing a small pool of it in the center of one palm, then rubbing it all over both hands for at least 20 seconds. Remember, while hand sanitizer can be a useful substitute, it should not be chosen over washing your hands with soap and water.
Hand hygiene is an important way to keep yourself healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, even while at home. Using these tips can help keep your hands germ-free and healthy throughout quarantine as well as long afterward.
About the Author
At Fit Dental, nothing is more important than the wellbeing of our patients, staff, and community. Dr. Ajaipal Sekhon has been serving the smiles of Yuban City, CA since 2008 with comfortable, high-quality, and long-lasting dentistry. To continue to put the best interests of his patients first, he is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic closely and adjusting his safety and infection control practices accordingly. If you have questions or concerns about receiving dental care during the pandemic, feel free to contact him via his website or at (530) 822-9090.