Key Times to Wash Hands

MAY 22, 2020: As you begin the holiday weekend, and as you start to see more business reopening, use these tips to continue a your hand washing habits. Keep yourself and your loved ones healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, you should also clean hands:

    • After you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens, etc.
    • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because that’s how germs enter our bodies.