It takes 20 seconds to wash one’s hands of flu


Aired January 30, 2013 on WYSU

The recent influenza outbreak in Ohio resulted in more people have been hospitalized for flu-related illnesses than at this time last year. Chris Davidson reports on one way to help prevent coming down with this year’s strain.



The Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, physicians and health websites continue to tout hand washing as one way to help prevent catching the flu.

And according to the CDC this is the procedure to follow:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
  • Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well. Be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.

Since I began talking about washing hands, more than 20 seconds have elapsed. That’s how long you want to wash your hands.

The CDC recommends singing the “Happy Birthday Song” twice while washing your hands to meet the time requirement.

For, I’m Chris Davidson.