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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
For the kid or the kid in you, that’s as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice or run through your ABCs. For the grown-ups, try a take on the chorus of an old Queen song by singing “We will, we will, wash you!” three times. Humming through the Jeopardy theme song will really get your hands clean.
If you aren’t where you can wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, the CDC advises. Cover all surfaces of your hands, including between the fingers and under the nails. Then avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Originally published 5/14/2020; Reviewed 2022
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