Keeping Hands Clean

(The Fight Against COVID-19)

Updated:2020-04-26 |

Keeping Hands Clean

Besides wearing facemasks when going out, washing hands is also one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent infectious disease. In daily work and life, people may touch items contaminated by viruses and bacteria, and pathogens on their hands can get into their bodies through the mucosae of mouth, eyes and nose. Washing hands can easily and effectively interrupt transmission through mucosae and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections.

To avoid transmission of the virus through hands, people should avoid touching items and facilities at public places and wash hands frequently. They should wash hands under the following conditions:

* before putting on facemasks;

* before preparing and eating food; 

* before touching, feeding or breastfeeding babies;

* after coming back from outside; 

* after taking off facemasks; 

* after touching tears, nasal discharge, sputum and saliva;

* after coughing and sneezing;

* after caring for patients; 

* after using the toilet;

* after touching public facilities or items (such as handrails, doorknobs, elevator buttons, coins and express parcels); 

* after cleaning baby stools; and

* after touching animals or cleaning their stools. 

People should avoid touching mouth, nose and eyes when not sure whether their hands are clean, and sneeze or cough into the elbow.

The right way of hands washing is: Wash the hands with soap or liquid soap and running water, rub the hands for over 20 seconds each time, and make sure the palms, fingers, the back of the hands, nails, and the wrists and all other parts of the hands are cleaned. If running water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer instead.