COVID-19: Hand Hygiene & Gloves

Hand Washing

  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use alcohol-based sanitizer (minimum 60%).
  • Wash your hands after using the washroom, before preparing or eating food, after contact with frequently touched surfaces, upon returning home from work or a public place, such as the grocery store.
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, and mouth in particular) with unwashed hands.
  • When in public spaces, touch only what you need to touch. Wash or sanitize your hands after touching surfaces in public.
  • Remind any children in your care to follow these recommendations and support them to do so.

 

Hand Sanitizer

  • People should be using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is approved for sale by Health Canada. It is not recommended for people to buy or sell hand sanitizers that are not approved by Health Canada. There are stringent measures in place to ensure approved hand sanitizers are effective on germs and appropriate for use on skin.
  • In light of the current COVID-19 situation, Health Canada is expediting the process for approval for applicants who wish to manufacture and sell alcohol-based hand sanitizers. For more information on how to be approved for sale of hand sanitizers, visit the Health Canada website.
  • Approved hand sanitizers will have a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Drug Identification Number (DIN) indicating it is approved for sale by Health Canada. For a list of approved hand sanitizes and information for manufacturers please visit the website list of hand sanitizers authorized by Health Canada.

 

Gloves

  • Wearing gloves to protect against COVID-19 is currently not recommended for the general public. As well, the WHO says wearing gloves in public is not considered effective in protecting against the spread of COVID-19.

 

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Last Updated: 24/06/2020