How to wash your hands

Washing hands

Good hand hygiene is the best way to protect yourself from a respiratory illness like COVID-19. 

In the video above, Lauren Hinkle, Nebraska Medicine infection preventionist, demonstrates the hand-washing technique recommended by the World Health Organization.

This method takes about 40 seconds. You can use hot or cold water, but make sure you're applying enough friction. 

Step 1:

Wet your hands with water.

Step 2:

Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces.

Step 3:

Rub your hands palm to palm.

Step 4:

Interlace your fingers, with your palm touching the back of the other hand. Rub back and forth. Do the same on the other side.

Step 5:

Face your palms together, interlace your fingers, and rub back and forth. 

Step 6:

Rub rotationally around the base of both thumbs.

Step 7:

Cup your hand and rub the tips of all your fingers in your cupped palm to clean your nails and nail beds. Do this for both hands.

Step 8:

Open up your palm, rub the tips of your fingers in small little circles inside each palm. 

Step 9:

Finish off the time by rubbing soap all over your hands, then rinse.

Step 10:

Use a paper towel, or something else, to dry your hands before turning off the water. Once your hands are dry, use the towel to turn off the faucet. 

If you don't have soap and water handy, you can use hand sanitizer