In these crazy times, it is very important for toddlers, kids, and adults to practice good hand washing habits in order to help prevent getting coronavirus: AKA COVID-19.Proper Handwashing Tips
Proper Hygiene Rules
Hand Washing Tips from a Hamster
To bring a little light into such a serious situation, here are some quick tips from @hamstarz, the hand washing hamster.
Wash Hands for at Least 20 Seconds with Soap and Water
Sing a song while you wash your hands. For young children, think about singing songs like happy birthday a couple times.
Sing the ABCs twice. Can you count to 20 while washing your hands?
Cough / Sneeze Into a Tissue
If you need to sneeze or cough, do it into a tissue or Kleenex. Do not sneeze or cough into your bare hands.
Use a tissue to minimize the spread of germs.
Only Wear a Mask if You Have Coronavirus Symptoms
If you are healthy, there’s no need to wear a doctor’s mask. You need to be more diligent about keeping your hands clean and not touching your face.
Wearing a doctor’s mask on your face will not prevent getting the virus or disease.
Stay Home If Possible
Whenever possible, STAY HOME. If you are healthy and are worried about getting sick from the COVID-19 coronavirus, stay in as much as possible.
Only go out when necessary, like if you need to buy essential groceries and food.
How to do Proper Handwashing
- Wet your hands with warm, running water in your sink.
- Lather your hands with soap and wash up to your wrists. Make sure you scrub between your fingers, backs of your hands, and fingernails.
- Scrub your hands with soap outside of water for 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands well with warm, running water.
- Dry your hands using a fresh paper towel.
- Turn off the faucet using a paper towel or tissue.
Proper Hygiene Rules
- Use your elbow to cover coughs and sneezes (vampire cough).
- ALWAYS use a tissue to wipe your nose.
- Wash your hands after sneezing, coughing, or touching your nose or mouth. Parents and caregivers: always wash your hands after helping a kid wipe their noses.
- Wash hands after arriving at a new place and when you get home.
- Do not touch your face or ears until you have properly washed your hands!