Now washing your hands enough? This Apple Watch app might help.

Are you washing your hands long enough? Not sure? This Apple Watch app might help.

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Yes we all know we should wash our hands often. But let’s face it, few of us really do it properly. Well, times have changed and washing your hands properly is now more important than ever.

COVID-19 is spreading so its important to protect yourself. According to advice for public from the World Health Organization (WHO), one of the ways to do this is to “wash your hands frequently”, particularly if you have been in a public place. Soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub is one of the most effective ways to kill viruses on your hands.

But it’s important that you are doing it correctly. The Centre for Disease and Control Protection (CDC) says you should do this for at least 20 seconds. You can always count 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi… Or make the job easy and download a free Apple Watch app. It’s called Hand Washing Timer.

The app is easy to use and you can use Watch face Complications to launch it. It will count down the CDC recommended 20 seconds and plays a tone and gives haptic feedback when washing is complete. You’ll also get an alert when you are half-way through. Simple and to the point. In case you need them, the app provides instructions on how to properly wash your hands.

This is not the only option and you’ll find other apps on the App Store for this purpose. But remember – after you washed your hands don’t forget to wipe your Apple Watch, as well. The best way to do this is with disinfectant wipes.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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