Handwashing

During the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping hands clean is especially important to help prevent the virus from spreading.

Key Times to Wash Hands

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay 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

You should also wash your hands after being in a public place and touching frequently touched items or surfaces such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, menus, checkouts, etc., and before touching your eyes, nose or mouth.