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Dec. 4–10 is National Hand-Washing Awareness Week. It's a good reminder that frequent hand-washing remains one of the best defenses against getting sick with the flu or COVID-19.
But to be effective, it has to be done the right way. Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, offers a demonstration on hand-washing.
Watch: Dr. Gregory Poland demonstrates the proper way to wash your hands.
Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1:13) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Gregory Poland, M.D. / Vaccine Research Group / Mayo Clinic." Read the script.
To properly wash your hands, follow these steps:
Dr. Poland says it's important to keep in mind that the faucet and door handles may be contaminated, so once you have washed your hands, use a towel to avoid contacting any of these surfaces as you exit the bathroom.
For the safety of our patients, staff and visitors, Mayo Clinic has strict masking policies in place. Anyone shown without a mask was either recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in a non-patient care area where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed.
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