The single most important part about the current coronavirus news is this: Wash your hands.



Folks, it’s all about the hands. The hands are the connecting piece. You can’t necessarily control what you touch. You can’t control who else touched it. But you can look after your own hands. You can weigh your odds in your favor by taking care of yourself and your own health. Control what you can control!
Hand-washing—with soap and water—is a far more powerful weapon against germs than any other precaution. Yes, even more effective than buying masks at an outrageous price or fighting over packages of toilet paper, or buying up hand sanitizer and applying it like crazy. Yes...just wash. Your. Hands.
It will help in two ways. First, you’re physically removing all kinds of things from your hands. And secondly—soap is both “polar” and “non-polar,” meaning it will break up germs and viruses on your hands, and kill them.
Coronaviruses are basically encased in a layer of fat. Soap can break that fat apart and make the virus unable to infect you.
Several times over the years I have dedicated a column in this paper to “the most important way to keep yourself healthy” and it’s the same thing here. We need to wash our hands more! A 2013 study had trained observers discreetly watch more than 3,700 people wash their hands. It found that only about 5 percent of them followed all the rules. About one in four people just wet their hands without using soap—a move hygiene researchers call the “splash and dash.” About one in 10 didn’t wash at all after a trip to the rest-room. The most common shortcoming for most people was time. Only 5 percent spent more than 15 seconds washing, rubbing, and rinsing their hands.
With a new virus on the loose, the stakes are higher now. It’s time to bring your technique up to speed.
How? Well, first turn on the water. It doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold.
Water temperature doesn’t really matter in terms of effectiveness.
Second, lather up. The soap helps germs slip off your skin as you rub your hands together.
And here’s the big part: Try to wash for 20 seconds. Yes…we are a busy group and an impatient group. But 20 seconds makes a difference!
The science has been clear for years: Washing your hands can cut down on being sick, but we don’t do it enough. One study estimates that if everyone did it regularly, we could save a million lives each year. What’s more, when you don’t wash your hands, problems can come up.
If you don’t wash your hands when they’re germy, you could pass those germs to friends and family and get them sick. If you get them on an object—like a doorknob or handrail—you could infect people you don’t even know. Make sure to lather up after you use the bathroom. A single gram of human feces can contain a trillion germs.
1. Water
2. Lather
3. Scrub for at least 20 seconds
4. Rinse
5. Dry
Finally...let’s relax a bit. If you’re sick, stay home. If you have a fever, let the fever do its job, and stay home and rest. Don’t be the hero of the workplace. And remember...the media and the talking heads on TV don’t make much money if we are not watching them. In my opinion, they have a vested interested in making everything “Breaking News” and talking up every situation to drive more ratings.
Relax. Wash your hands. Eat healthy. Get fresh air. And maybe visit your local chiropractor for an adjustment that can help everything in your body move and function more efficiently!