With the threat of a coronavirus pandemic looming, health officials are reminding people that hand-washing — done the right way — is one of the most effective means to keep it at bay.

This hands-on guide describes the best technique to accomplish the simple task.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to spend at least 20 seconds scrubbing their hands, especially after going to the bathroom and before eating — as well as after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing.

Follow these steps every time:

— Wet your hands with running water and apply a copious amount of soap.

— Lather your hands, rub the back of your hands and interlock your fingers.

— Scrub and rotate your hands.

— Clean your thumbs, the top of your fingers and your wrists.

— Rinse off the soap and dry your hands with a clean towel.

If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol — but always use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Keep in mind that sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.

By Yaron Steinbuch
Published https://nypost.com
Published in Nypost.com Feb. 27th 2020