There has been a lot of media coverage about washing your hands correctly as a method of protecting yourself and your family and friends from contracting coronavirus CoVid-19.

It is a worrying time. Particularly when events are being cancelled, which may lead to cancelled orders and team members self isolating if they suspect that they have contracted the virus.

In the UK, the current Government advice is here

There have been reports of panic buying of alcohol hand gel in other counties too, such as Australia. Soap and warm water are the most effective way to wash your hands correctly. Hand sanitiser only works if your hands are already clean.

More tips about washing your hands correctly

I am sure that as a responsible food business owner or consumer, that you and your team wash your hands regularly. Did you know that if you put liquid soap on your hands, then wet them,a lot of the soap will be washed away before it has a chance to work? The best way is to wet your hands, add soap and then wash them before rinsing and drying using paper towels. Naturally if there is no other way of drying your hands, a warm air dryer is better than wet hands, as wet hands transfer cross contamination more effectively than dry hands. 

If you have a Twitter account, @jenmonnier posted a list of alternatives to the Happy Birthday song which it is recommended you sing twice to wash for the correct amount of time (20 seconds). The account  @PrestigeToilet goes one step further and publishes regular alternatives as infographics.

My favourite alternatives are the chorus from Stayin Alive by the BeeGees or Raspberry Beret by Prince. 

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