Infection prevention and control is important, now more than ever before.
Hand hygiene is the single most important factor in reducing the spread of infections and we can all play a part by washing our hands correctly.
Using soap and water is the most effective way to wash your hands, although an alcohol-based hand sanitizer may also be used if soap and water is not available.
To properly clean your hands, the duration of your hand washing should last between 40 and 60 seconds or the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.
You can help stop the spread of infection by:
- Cleaning your hands regularly.
- Covering your mouth with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding touching your face, nose and mouth.
- Avoiding shaking hands.
- Staying at home if you are unwell.
- Practicing social distancing, remaining 1.5m away from others as much as you can.