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Washing your hands

Text updated on 2020-05-03

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can remain present for several days on certain surfaces.

Did you know that? On an inert surface such as metal or plastic, it can be found for up to 6 days. For more information

How long is the coronavirus infectious?

Is the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus resistant to cold and heat?

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The coronavirus enters through the mucous membranes (eyes, mouth, nose). Thus, a hand that has been in contact with a soiled surface can bring the virus to our mucous membranes and contaminate us.

Did you know that?Around a COVID-19 patient in Singapore who was coughing and had a mild form of the disease, coronavirus was found in significant quantities on the toilet bowl, light switches, bed edge, door handles, sink, and window.For more information

How does the coronavirus get caught?

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Hands are a preferred mode of transport for the coronavirus.

Did you know that?A study conducted on American students indicates that, on average, a person touches the mucous membranes of their face 12 times per hour, i.e., once every 5 minutes.To find out more about it

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Understand that it is, therefore, very important to wash your hands as often as possible to avoid contracting or spreading the disease.

Did you know that?Several studies have compared a group of people who were asked to wash their hands regularly with another group who did not change their habits. Each study showed that handwashing decreases the risk of respiratory infection.For more information on these studies

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To dry yourself, avoid cloth towels and instead use a disposable paper towel.

Did you know that? On cotton cloth, the coronavirus remains stable for about 1 day. For more information

How long is the coronavirus infectious?

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For the foam to capture and encapsulate all viruses, it is important to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

Did you know that? On average, caregivers wash their hands for twice as long as non-caregivers. For more information

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So... lather up!

How do you wash your hands?

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