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.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
- Roll up your sleeves, rinse hands in clean water and apply soap to palm.
Rub palms together.
Rub tips of nails against palm. Swap hands.
Rub fingers between each other.
Place hand over back of other, rub between fingers. Swap.
Grip fingers and rub together.
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:
- 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.