March 6, 2020 — The single most important piece of advice health experts can give to help us stay safe from COVID-19 is this one: Wash your hands.

“In the final analysis, it’s the hands. The hands are the connecting piece,” says Elizabeth Scott, PhD. Scott co-directs the Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community at Simmons University in Boston.

“You can’t necessarily control what you touch. You can’t control who else touched it. But you can look after your own hands,” she says.


Hand-washing — with soap and water — is a