• Dr. Maryam Motlagh, D.M.D

5 Fun Facts About Hand Washing #COVID19

Bonus Fact: Proper hand washing is one of the most important habit we can practice to stop the spread of Coronavirus


"Wash your hands!" We've heard it our entire lives, yet most people still don't do it. A study done in 2013 estimated that 95% of people don't wash their hands properly after using the bathroom. Yup, you read that right, only 5% of people wash their hands properly after using the bathroom. With that being said, we thought we'd take a deeper dive into some facts about hand washing.


1. Only 5% of people was their hands properly

We said it already, but we thought this fact needed to be repeated again, and again, and again, and again. Did we already say only 5% of people was their hands properly? ONLY 5%. If you aren't quite sure what "proper" hand washing is (you're probably part of the 95%, ew) then read on to the next fact, we'll enlighten you.


2. There is a proper way to wash your hands

There's actually a very specific way we should all be washing our hands. Bacteria doesn't go away with a little water, so follow these steps:

1. Wet your hands & wrists with water

2. Apply enough soap to create a good lather

3. Alternate between rubbing your palms together, rubbing the backs of your hands & interlinking your fingers

4. Scrub your finger nails against your palm

5. Repeat steps 3-4 for at least 20 seconds


3. Washing your hands can be a mini musical experience

Experts actually suggest singing the "ABC's" song or "Happy Birthday" twice through. On average, it takes a person 20 seconds to get through either song twice.


4. You should always use the paper towel to turn off the faucet

After all that hard work and dedication to ensure your hands are clean, touching the faucet again will just pick up all the bacteria you spent 20 seconds getting rid of.


5. Wash your hands in running water

When washing your hands, always make sure you are using running water. Water that has a chance to sit will accumulate bacteria, making your hand washing efforts a waste. Running water ensures the bacteria you scrub off actually leaves your hands.


Washing your hands properly is an important healthy habit to practice; even when there isn't a virus outbreak. But especially now, we can all help contain the spread of COVID-19 by doing the little things. (We're looking at you, 95%).


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Disclaimer* The content on this website is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are concerned about a medical issue, please refer to your doctor.

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