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Why you should recommit to hand-washing to help prevent COVID

When you wash your hands, the soap lifts the dirt, oil, and other particles—like viruses—off the surface of the hand, says Ajay Sethi, an associate professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Rubbing your hands together as you wash also pulls unwanted particles free from the skin.

“As you apply and move soap around your wet hands, it lathers as soap molecules are destroying and deactivating the SARS-CoV-2 virus and other germs,” Sethi says. Water then carries these particles off your hands and down the drain, leaving your mitts clean and virus-free.

This only happens, however, when you wash your hands properly. Studies in recent years,…

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