Cleaning your hands may be more complicated than you think.
For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has promoted one rather simple way to clean your hands. Apply a hand sanitizer in one palm, rub palms together then rub all over hands until dry. Simple enough. Actually, it’s too simple.
A new study shows that a much more complicated method—one recommended by the World Health Organization—is actually better at ridding your hands of pesky bacteria.
Basically, the WHO method is an 11-step process that takes about 42 seconds to complete effectively. Here’s a step-by-step diagram. Start practicing. There will be a quiz later.
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