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Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 03:04 pm

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Since half the people who wash their hands do it incorrectly, here is the best way to wash your hands to help prevent COVID-19 infection…

Panic has hit South Africa since the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in the country yesterday, but panic doesn’t keep the virus at bay.

What health experts say does help is keeping one to two-metre distance from someone who appears to be sick, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth when out in public and keeping your hands clean.

Washing your hands is one of the simplest ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, a recent study of airport hand hygiene found that half the people who wash their hands, don’t do it properly.

According to the study led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, if handwashing improved at all the world’s airports, it could potentially slow global disease spread by almost 70 percent.

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The correct way to wash your hands:

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), proper handwashing should take a full 60 seconds – which is much longer than most people spend cleaning their hands.

It’s important to wash the back of the hands, between the fingers, the thumb and the fingertips.

To learn how you can get all these areas of your hands clean, watch the following WHO instructional video.


Try it at home, make it a habit, share it with friends and family and teach your children how to use this method too – it could save lives.

Make it a habit to wash your hands routinely throughout the day, but particularly when returning home from the shops or work, after handling money and before eating.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF: Basic advice from the WHO on how to protect yourself from Covid-19

GLOBAL SPREAD OF COVID-19: For the latest update on the global spread of COVID-19, visit the Johns Hopkins University’s GIS dashboard

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