The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has always pushed the importance of hand washing - even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Bacteria from unwashed hands has spread several diseases and it is critical to prevent them from entering our bodies through the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Though the COVID-19 vaccine is required to reside or come to campus for any reason for the Fall 2021 semester, we must continue to keep our community safe by washing our hands for at least 20 seconds at key times. These times include, but are not limited to, before and after eating, after using the restroom, and after touching high-touch areas.
Not sure of the steps and proper techniques you should use to wash your hands? No problem! See the steps below to see how it’s done. Until you have completed these steps, we highly recommended refraining from touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Additionally, please note that when soap and water aren’t readily available, you can apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to your hands. According to the CDC, sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. Learn more here.
We hope you enjoy the below video created by our Bison, share this blog with others, and hold each other accountable for keeping and staying healthy.
Handwashing in Five Simple Steps:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water
- Turn off the tap and apply soap
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap for at least 20 seconds. See this video for proper handwashing techniques. You can also check out this video to hear songs you can sing while washing your hands.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them