Wash your hands as often as you can, but especially:​

  • After using the toilet or changing nappies.
  • Before preparing or eating food.
  • After caring for the sick.
  • After touching high touch public surfaces like handles, ATMs and taxi seats.
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Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds​

  • Roll up your sleeves, rinse hands in clean water and apply soap to palm.

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Rub palms together.

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Rub tips of nails against palm. Swap hands.

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Rub fingers between each other.

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Place hand over back of other, rub between fingers. Swap.

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Grip fingers and rub together.

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Rub each thumb with opposite palm.

  • Rinse with clean water and dry on paper towel or dry on their own.
  • If you have sanitiser use it if your hands are not dirty and only if no soap and water.

If no running water at home, make a hand washing container:

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  • Make a hole in the lid of an empty plastic bottle.
  • Fill the bottle with water. Screw on the lid.
  • Wet hands with a little bit of water. Wash hands using steps above.
  • Rinse your hands and the bottle.