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Wash Your Hands, Fight Covid-19


Hey smart people. Wash your hands. That’s all. Here’s the real science of why soap is such a darn good germ killer, and the scientifically-approved method for washing your hands.

—Dr. Joe Hanson

Do you understand what’s really happening when you wash your hands with soap and water? Our friend Dr. Joe Hanson from It’s OK to Be Smart and PBS Digital Studios explains.


The Science of Hand Washing

When you wash your hands with soap and water, the process doesn’t just wash away germs, it breaks them open. It actually explodes the germ cells and destroys them. One of the most effective things you can do to protect yourself from catching a germ and becoming a statistic, whether it’s a global pandemic like COVID-19 or just every single other day of your life, is something that people have been trying to get you to do since you were, like, two years old. Wash your hands. With good ol’ soap. And do it the right way. That’s it. Here’s the science of hand washing!

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More Resources

CDC handwashing guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-…

How to extract your own cheek cell DNA at home: https://www.msichicago.org/fileadmin/…

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