Coronavirus: Shocking pictures show the importance of hand washing amid global outbreak

Coronavirus has been confirmed in a further 64 people in the UK, bringing the total case count up to 273. So far, 23,513 people across the country have been tested, and two people have died. Health officials across the globe have been urging people to practice good hand washing to stop further spread of the virus.


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The NHS advises people wash their hands for the amount of time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice (around 20 seconds).

For some people, 20 seconds of hand washing may seem like a long time.

But a series of black light photos highlighting the importance of washing your hands has now gone viral online.

The pictures show the difference between rinsing your hands, washing them for sex seconds with no soap, six seconds with soap, 15 seconds with soap, and 30 seconds with soap.

The first three photos show a plethora of bacteria left behind, but a significant difference after six seconds of hand washing with soap.

The best result can be seen after 30 seconds with soap.

Actress Kristen Bell shared the pictures to her Instagram page.

The best way to wash your hands should begin with wetting them with water.

You should then apply enough soap to cover your hands and then rub them together.

Use one hand to rub the back of the other hand and clean in between the fingers. This should then be repeated with the other hand.

Next, you should rub your hands together and clean in between your fingers.

Rub the back of your fingers against you palms, then rub your thumb using your other hand. You should do the same with the other thumb.


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Next, rub the tips of your fingers on the palm of your other hand, then do the same with the other hand.

Rinse your hands with water, dry your hands completely with a disposable towel, and finally use the disposable towel to turn off the tap.

The NHS says you should wash your hands:

  • After using the toilet or changing a nappy
  • Before and after handling raw foods like meat and vegetables
  • Before eating or handling food
  • After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After touching animals, including pets, their food and after cleaning their cages

If you don’t have immediate access to soap and water then you can use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

But sanitiser should contain at least 60 percent alcohol.

Experts have also warned hand sanitisers may not be as effective as hand washing.

How do you know if you have coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus to look out for are:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. 

You should use this service if:

  • You think you might have coronavirus
  • In the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus
  • You’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

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