COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, is of concern to most of us — including the English language students in the Institute’s English for Work program. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests hand-washing as an important preventative measure to stop the spread of the disease. Luckily for the Institute, we have about 36 infection-control experts on site: the students in our Nursing Assistant Training Program.
Last week, these students generously took a break from preparing for the Minnesota State Certification Exam and visited our English classes to teach infection-control level hand-washing. Students with less English received instruction in their first language, and every English student mimed hand-washing before demonstrating the correct procedure under the supervision of the nursing assistant students.
- Turn on water at sink.
- Wet hands and wrists thoroughly.
- Apply soap to hands.
- Lather all surfaces of wrists, hands, and fingers producing friction, for at least 20 seconds, keeping hands lower than elbows, and fingertips down.
- Clean fingernails by rubbing fingertips against palms of the opposite hand.
- Rinse all surfaces of wrists, hands, and fingers, keeping hands lower than the elbows, and the fingertips down.
- Use clean, dry paper towel/towels to dry all surfaces of fingers, hands, and wrists starting at fingertips, then dispose of paper towel/towels into waste container.
- Use clean dry paper towel/towels to turn off faucet, then dispose of paper towel/towels into waste container or use knee/foot control to turn off faucet.
For more information on the novel coronavirus, including public health information in multiple languages, visit our COVID-19 web page.