Proper Hand Washing to Prevent COVID-19
Keeping Your Hands Germ-Free to Prevent COVID-19
It is more important than ever to wash your hands to prevent the spread of illness-causing germs—especially for those living with CKD. People on dialysis can have weaker immune systems, making it more difficult for the body to fight off infection and leaving CKD patients at an increased risk for severe illness. Learn more about how keeping your hands squeaky clean can help keep you healthier.
How Germs Spread
Like all viruses, COVID-19 is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or breaths. The virus travels through respiratory droplets to others or onto surfaces others may touch. If you come into contact with these droplets, you may accidently introduce them into your body, causing you to get sick.
Proper Hand Washing Techniques
Washing your hands frequently is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of harmful germs and bacteria. The soap, water, and rubbing helps stop the transfer of germs from person to person and from commonly used objects.
Follow these steps each time you wash your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water.
- Lather your hands with antibacterial soap.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you need help keeping track, hum the tune of the Happy Birthday song twice.
- Rinse your hands with clean, running water.
- Dry your hands with a disposable hand towel or let them air dry.
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