Wash your hands — any soap will do!

Washing your hands is one of the BEST ways to protect yourself and others from getting COVID-19. You can get the virus on your hands when you touch things other people have touched, like doorknobs or handrails. Infection only occurs, though, when you touch your virus-covered hands to your eyes, nose, or mouth.

When used correctly, soap and water physically break apart and wash away the novel coronavirus the same way they get grease off a pan. That’s why any soap — hand soap, body wash, or even dish detergent — will do, not just antibacterial soap!


Here’s how to wash your hands right:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), 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.


So wash your hands right and often to keep from getting sick or spreading your germs.

Last updated: March 24, 2020, 7:00 PM
Science review: JAB, GSN