Medically reviewed by: Dr. Robert Segal, M.D.
Many illnesses – from the common cold to COVID-19 – are spread through person-to-person interaction, making person health a priority across the world. In “Here’s the Right Way to Wash Your Hands, According to Doctors”, Medical Daily discusses the right way to wash your hands with Dr. Robert Segal, the founder of LabFinder.
As a doctor, Segal remarks that he has to be “really careful about keeping my hands clean and avoid spreading viruses from patient to patient.” While hospitals see many of ill people every day, these safe practices prevent a high degree of spread among patients. However, he continues that outside the hospital he “notice[s] that people either wash their hands too quickly, don’t use enough soap or worse, don’t wash at all.” As a result, the CDC formulated a few simple steps for handwashing to avoid the spread of viruses:
- Wet hands and wrists with clean running water and a “good amount” of soap.
- Rub hands together to spread soap, covering everything from nails to wrists.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse hands thoroughly under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands by air-drying, using a clean paper towel, or a hand dryer.
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