Regular and consistent hand washing is crucial to help prevent the spread of infection. Follow the steps below to perform a good hand wash:

  1. Moisten your hands with warm, running water.

  2. Apply enough soap to produce lather.

  3. Vigorously rub all hand surfaces together for a minimum of 20 seconds.

  4. Rinse hands under warm, running water.

  5. Dry hands thoroughly using paper towels.

  6. Use a paper to turn off the faucet.

Note: Soap and water are not always available, but it’s important to prepare for times like these by keeping an antiseptic hand rub in your car, desk, or purse. Spread thoroughly over your hands and rub until dry.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you do not have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand rub that contains at least 60% alcohol. Did you know? Singing or humming two rounds of “Happy Birthday” equals 20 seconds.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue away

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Practice social distancing

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. Click here to learn how to properly wear and take care of cloth face covers.

Community spread means multiple people have been infected with a contagious disease in an area where people are not sure how or where they became infected. The source of the infection is unknown.