Handwashing is the single most important measure to prevent the spread
When washing hands with soap and water:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap.
- Use warm water if it is available.
- Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub all
- Continue rubbing your hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer?
- Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend!
- Rinse hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your
paper towel to turn off the faucet.
REMEMBER: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
to clean your hands.
When using an alcohol based hand sanitizer:
- Apply product to the palm of one hand.
- Rub hands together.
- Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your
hands are dry.
When should you wash your hands?
- Before preparing or eating food.
- After going to the bathroom.
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone
- to the bathroom.
- Before and after tending to someone who is sick.
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- After handling an animal or animal waste.
- After handling garbage.
- Before and after treating a cut or wound.
For more information on preventing the spread of infection, including
MRSA: What You Should Know.