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The Global Handwashing Partnership

Interim recommendations on obligatory hand hygiene against transmission of COVID-19

Published: April 1, 2020

Current evidence indicates that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets or contact.  Contact transmission occurs when contaminated hands touch the mucosa of the mouth, nose, or eyes; the virus can also be transferred from one surface to another by contaminated hands, which facilitates indirect contact transmission.  Consequently, hand hygiene is extremely important to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It also interrupts transmission of other viruses and bacteria causing common colds, flu and pneumonia, thus reducing the general burden of disease.

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