Explaining how and why to wash your hands thoroughly
Does it matter which kind of soap you use? Is it important to dry your hands after washing? Can you use lotion if your hands feel dry? Jarrod Bagatell, MD, the medical director for employee health at Upstate, answers these questions and more. He makes the point that during the 20 seconds it takes to thoroughly wash your hands, about the same time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice, or some other ditty, you can use that time for a quick relaxation, breathing deeply and resetting your mind.
Note: If you are running a fever along with a cough or shortness of breath and are concerned about a possible coronavirus infection, contact your primary care doctor. If do not have a primary care doctor or are uninsured, call the Upstate COVID-19 hotline at 315-464-3979, and someone will tell you whether you should be tested. The number will be staffed from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. For questions about the disease, call the New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline at 888-364-3065. Click here for COVID-19 information from Upstate.