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Hand washing tips – text version of infographic

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This page contains a text version of a hand washing infographic.

Hand washing is important because it helps prevent the spread of infections such as COVID-19, colds, the flu and gastroenteritis. Follow these simple tips on good hand hygiene.

Step 1— remove any jewellery.

Step 2— wet hands with running water.

Step 3— apply soap.

Step 4— rub hands together for at least 20 seconds.

Step 5— wash all areas, including in between fingers.

Step 6— rinse hands and turn off tap.

Step 7— dry hands thoroughly with a paper towel.

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Last reviewed: March 2023

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