The number one piece of government advice to prevent coronavirus spread is the wash your hands. But are you doing this properly?!

As a dentist, this simple method of stopping the spread of disease is now ingrained in everything I do. And now it needs to be ingrained in each and every one of you too.

So here’s an easy to follow step-by-step guide that will ensure your hands are squeaky clean and you’re keeping yourself and those close to you safe.

Please watch the video and SHARE IT to STOP THE SPREAD

This video shows you how to wash your hands properly to reduce the risk of coronavirus spread. Sing along with the rhyme on the video!

For spread to be kept to a minimum, your hands should be washed systematically so no areas are missed. This is how you do it:

  1. Wet your hands under the tap
  2. Apply enough soap to lather your hands. Don’t be shy with it
  3. Rub your palms together
  4. Turn your hands over and rub the back of your hand with the palm of your other hand
  5. Lock your fingers together and clean between
  6. Rub the backs of your fingers against your palm
  7. Clean your thumbs and fingers individually
  8. Clean your wrists
  9. Rinse you soap off your hands

After washing your hands, use an alcohol gel, in the same way, to further minimise the risk.

When should you wash your hands?

The NHS advises washing your hands as a minimum:

  • after using the toilet or changing a nappy
  • before and after handling raw foods like meat and vegetables
  • before eating or handling food
  • after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
  • before and after treating a cut or wound
  • after touching animals, including pets, their food and after cleaning their cages

AUTHOR

Dr Gareth Edwards Dentist AuthorDr Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons) MFDS RCPS (Glasg) qualified from dental school with honours. Working in the Bournemouth & Poole area, he has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry. See about for more information.

 

 

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