Regularly clean your hands

Coronavirus can be spread through contact with a contaminated surface. If you touch a surface contaminated with the virus and then touch your nose, eyes or mouth, you may be infected. This means it is important to clean your hands frequently, especially: 

  • whenever you enter a building, including the workplace and your home or College
  • after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
  • before you eat or handle food
  • after you have had contact with surfaces

You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water, or hand sanitiser when you do not have access to a sink and soap. Ensure that your hands are dried thoroughly. 

It is also important to avoid touching your face as much as possible, especially with unclean hands. 


Further information

NHS advice on how to wash your hands effectively