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Hand Hygiene

​​​​COVID-19 can live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sunlight, humidity and surface type. It may be possible for a person to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

For this reason, observing proper hand hygiene is essential in helping slow the spread of COVID-19.

Students are encouraged to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after they have been in a public place or after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing. They should avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

It is especially important to wash:

  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching their face
  • After using the restroom
  • After leaving a public place
  • After blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After handling their mask

Students can follow these five steps to wash your hands the right way:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. Hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations, but they do not get rid of all types of germs and may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

For more information on proper hand hygiene, please visit the CDC website.​​​​