How to wash your hands

24th Apr 2020

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Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning, flu and coronavirus. Even if they look clean your hands still carry germs.

While in lockdown, Sannah, our dental nurse here at Eccleshill Dental, has created a video on our Facebook page to show you the best way to wash your hands.  You should wash your hands for the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice (which is around 20 seconds).

If you do not have immediate access to soap and water then use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if available.

When should you wash your hands?

You should wash your hands with soap and water:

  • after using the toilet, changing a nappy or handling a potty
  • after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
  • before and after handling raw foods like meat and vegetables
  • before eating or handling food
  • before and after treating a cut or wound
  • after touching animals, including pets, their food and after cleaning their cages

Washing your hands properly removes dirt, viruses and bacteria to stop them spreading to other people and objects, which can spread illnesses such as food poisoning, flu or diarrhoea. It can help stop people picking up infections and spreading them to others.

Thanks for reading & stay safe,

from the Eccleshill Dental team