17 Ways You Might Catch COVID

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16. Not Washing Your Hands Often or Properly

Wash Hands

The “new normal” of living during the pandemic includes regular washing of our hands to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides detailed information for when handwashing is most important, including after handling your protective mask and before touching your face. In fact, it’s best to avoid touching your face, mouth and nose at all times, although that is nearly impossible for humans to do without tying our hands behind our back. Wash your hands often to avoid catching coronavirus from respiratory droplets that may have gotten on your skin. 

There’s a right way and a wrong way to wash your hands when trying to avoid catching COVID. The right way includes three important steps. Use soap with warm or hot water. Thoroughly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, including your thumbs and between your fingers. Rinse your hands fully in clean running water. If you don’t have immediate access to soap and water, you can use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. It’s a great idea to carry hand sanitizer with you wherever you go during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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