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Daniela Kulyas, R.N. BSN.
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From the Wesley Nurse

As we hear more and more about COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus and increased travel with Spring Break on the horizon, we need to get back to basics. In a recent article by Maria Cohut Ph.D published in Medical News Today, we are reminded that one of the best ways to prevent the spread of flu and similar viruses is by proper handwashing. In Cohut (2020) a recent study out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge by Nicolaides et al. (2019) is reviewed which states, “30% of people do not wash their hands” (para. 8). Cohut (2020) goes on to report that those who do wash their hands, only half actually use soap and those that use soap, may not wash properly.

What can we do? Lead by example and follow the Centers for Disease Control Guidelines:

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water aren’t available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


Article written by: by Laura Rivas MSN, RN

Centers for Disease Control (CDC). (2020). Handwashing: Clean hands save lives. Retrieved from

Cohut, M. (2020). Why handwashing could really slow down an epidemic. Retrieved from

Nicolaides, C., Avraam, D., Cueto-Felgueroso, L., Gonzalez, Marta C., Juanes, R. (2019). Hand‐Hygiene mitigation strategies against global disease spreading through the air transportation network. Retrieved from

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Daniela Kulyas, R.N. BSN, WUMC Wesley Nurse