Handwashing & other Coronavirus Health Tips

“Happy Birthday to You” should be the No. 1 song in the nation. The tune was once dubbed the most recognized song in the English language by Guinness World Records, and of course it’s often sung heartily at parties celebrating the births of countless people from coast to coast.

Now, people are hearing it more and more amid the coronavirus pandemic. That’s because health experts recommend it as great way to gauge how long to wash your hands, which is one of the most basic and essential ways to protect against infection.

Scrubbing should last at least 20 seconds, or about how long it takes to sing or hum “Happy Birthday” twice in a row, to rid your hands of any germs and pathogens.

It’s a fun, familiar song, but in all seriousness it’s worth remembering as a simple tool to ensure good hygiene in a time when clean hands can help ease an epidemic.

Learn more in our latest column in the MetroWest Daily News by clicking here

About drgaryk

Dr. Gary Kracoff is a registered pharmacist with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine who provides in-depth consultative services at Johnson Compounding & Wellness. Gary’s guiding philosophy is to treat the person as a whole, not to chase symptoms. He focuses on finding the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, and works with individuals to restore balance in the body. Gary frequently lectures at pharmacy, medical, and health-oriented conferences. He is an educator at the Academy of Integrative Medicine, conducting two-day seminars for health care professionals twice a year. Gary also serves on the faculty of the Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy.
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