As fears circle the media with what’s to come of the deadly coronavirus this week, celebrities and everyday people alike are taking to social media with PSA’s about a simple thing we can all do to prevent the spread of COVID-19: Washing your hands.
It sounds like a no-brainer, but as Kristen Bell shows in a recent Instagram post, there’s a difference between washing your hands and washing them well.
On Tuesday, The Good Place actress posted a series of photos her mom sent her using a blacklight and glo germ.
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Each of the six photos show bacteria on the woman’s hand using a common hand washing method.
“Rinse and Shake,” and “six seconds with soap” are just two of the examples shown, both revealing a plethora of bacteria left behind.
In their guidelines on how to prevent infection with the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that people should “[w]ash [their] hands frequently with soap and water.”
But as Kristen’s photo shows, simply washing with soap and water is not enough.
New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge found that 30 percent of people do not wash their hands after using the restroom.
The researchers argue that if more people were to wash their hands frequently and correctly, it would significantly slow down the rate at which diseases are likely to spread.
Even increasing the number of people with clean hands by 10 percent could slow down the rate at which disease can spread by as much as 24 percent.
So there you have it folks. Whether you’re concerned about the spread of coronavirus or not, there’s never been a better time to wash your hands well and often.
Experts suggest washing with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds, with emphasis on the palms, in between the fingers, and the finger nails.
Or as Kristen Bell puts it: “30 SECONDS WITH SOAP YALL!!!”
Together, we really can slow the spread of viruses and infectious diseases.