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Coronavirus 18 Dec 2020

COVID-19: Hand washing

Keeping your hands clean with soap and water is an act that can help protect you from diseases of any kind

Washing your hands frequently is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family, not only against COVID-19, but from other respiratory and diarrheal diseases. The microorganisms that cause these diseases are transmitted by:

  • Touching your eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands.
  • Preparing or ingesting food and / or drinks with dirty hands.
  • Touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

There are, therefore, key moments when it is very important to wash your hands before and after performing an activity such as the following:

  • Before, during and after preparing food.
  • Before eating food.
  • Before and after caring for someone sick with respiratory or diarrheal conditions.
  • Before and after caring for a wound.
  • After using the bathroom.
  • After changing diapers.
  • After cleaning your nose, coughing and / or sneezing.
  • After touching an animal, animal food and animal waste.
  • After handling garbage.
  • After going to a public place and having touched objects or surfaces that other people touch frequently.
  • Before touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

The best way to kill the microorganisms that cause various diseases is with soap and water. Remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds without forgetting to wash the back of your hand, between your fingers, and under your nails. If you do not have soap, you must use an alcohol-based substance at 60%.


COVID-19 Committee, UANL School of Medicine