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Coronavirus is here, spreading rapidly.

As of March 18, 2020, the virus had claimed 8,000 lives globally, with over 200,000 confirmed cases.

As the pandemic ravages the world, the situation in Kenya — where the government has reported only seven cases as of the previously mentioned date — threatens to be a powder keg if not well managed.

But do not panic!

Here is the cheapest and basic step that can help you reduce your risk of getting sick or infecting others – hand washing:

1. Wet your hands and scrub them with soap, taking care to get between your fingers and under your nails.

2. Wash your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds.

3. Rub the back of your hands and both thumbs.

4. Rub the fingertips and both wrists.

5. Rinse off all soap.

6. Dry your hands using a clean towel or tissue.

In the absence of water, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which should be rubbed in for about 20 seconds, can also work.

Below is a simulation of how best to wash your hands, and protect yourself from Covid-19 infection.