In times like cold and flu season and especially during a pandemic like COVID-19, properly washing and sanitizing your hands is even more important.
And we understand that doing the things the right way can be confusing, especially when cutting through all of the noise from the news, friends and family, and social media. A 2013 study found only 5% of the studied population washed hands long enough to kill germs, and a 2018 study found that people failed to properly clean their hands before meals 97% of the time. Feeling germy yet?
To make it easier, we’ve compiled the top advice from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), our Grove Collaborative fellows, and doctors who specialize in hygiene and autoimmune function. Consider this your handy cheat sheet for the dirty on keeping your hands clean, preventing the spread of germs, and avoid getting sick.
For the latest COVID-19 news, updates, and recommendations, visit the CDC’s dedicated coronavirus resource.