The Magic of Handwashing

  • Fall 2020

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Handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of germs, including influenza and corona viruses. Clean hands have the super power to prevent germs from spreading from person-to-person and throughout an entire community—from the home and workplace to schools and hospitals.

To turn on the magic, the CDC recommends following these five handwashing steps every time:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold).Turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum “Happy Birthday” from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Want to learn more about the scientific magic behind handwashing? Visit