Should I use soap or hand sanitizer to wash my hands?

Preferably wash your hands thoroughly using soap and running water.

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Hand-washing advice to avoid infection
As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread, the advice from scientists is that the best way to stop it spreading is thorough hand washing.
Coronavirus: How hand sanitisers protect against infections
As coronavirus continues its spread, panic-buying has swept supermarket shelves of hand sanitisers. What’s in these sanitisers and how effective are they in comparison to hand washing? This graphic takes a look.

Which is better: Soap or hand sanitizer?

Dig into the science of how soap breaks down a coronavirus, and the effectiveness of hand sanitizer against a viral outbreak. Your hands, up close, are anything but smooth. With peaks and valleys, folds and rifts, there are plenty of hiding places for a virus to stick. If you then touch your face, the virus can infect you. But there are two extraordinarily simple ways you can keep that from happening: soap and water, and hand sanitizer. So which is better?

COVID-19: How to wash your hands effectively

One of the weapons on the front line of the battle against corona-virus is hand washing.Sounds simple doesn't it? But there is very much a right way and a wrong way to wash your hands. Watch for a demonstration.

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