Why We Wash Our Hands
Coronavirus is what virologists call an enveloped virus – the “envelope” being the fatty sphere in which it harbors its human-cell-corrupting RNA. To kill the virus, tear open the envelope.
Plain soap does the trick for disinfecting coronavirus, but that demands sufficient physical agitation–
hence the 20-second hand wash.
The CDC recommends Household members should clean hands often,
including immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that
contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. If hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
Additional key times to clean hands include:
· After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
· After using the restroom
· Before eating or preparing food
· After contact with animals or pets
· Before and after providing routine care for another person
Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Update
Ohio Coronavirus Update