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COVID-19 handwashing advice described for people who are blind

You should wash your hands after going to the toilet, before preparing food and before and after eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, after touching animals, before touching your face, and when you return home after being out.

Basically you want to wash your hands thoroughly using either liquid or bar soap – they both work just as well – for around 20 seconds or as long as it would take to sing Happy Birthday, through twice.

Here are the ten steps to follow:

  1. Turn on the tap and wet your hands. Turn off the tap.
  2. Apply enough soap to cover your hands.
  3. Rub your hands together lengthways palm to palm.
  4. Interlace your fingers and rub your palms together from side to side.
  5. Place your right palm on the back of your left hand, interlacing your fingers and rub your hands up and down against each other lengthways. Repeat with your left palm on the back of your right hand.
  6. To clean your fingertips and nails: point your elbows out to the sides. Hold your left hand in front of you across your body with the palm facing up. Place your right hand palm down on top of your left in the opposite direction. With palms together, slide your hands slowly apart until the tips of your fingers touch the bottom finger joints on the other hand. Roll your fingers in together to make opposite facing interlocking fists, knuckles fitting snugly into the palm of the other hand. Rub the tips and nails of your fingers firmly into the palm and fingers of the other hand.
  7. Clasp your left thumb in your right fist and rotate to clean the thumb including the nail. Repeat with the other thumb.
  8. Clasp your left wrist in your right hand and rotate to wash the whole wrist. Repeat with the other wrist.
  9. Turn the tap back on and rub your hands together firmly under the running water. The friction helps to remove oils and therefore viruses and bacteria.
  10. Shake off excess water and dry your hands on a clean single use towel using firm lengthwise towel strokes. Use the towel to turn off the tap.

Blind Citizens WA Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation run by and for people who are blind or vision impaired in Western Australia. Blind Citizens WA is a peer led, peer support organisation where our members share peer support and advocate for a better future.

Blind Citizens WA is the public voice of Western Australians who are blind or vision impaired. We are proud to be a part of Blind Citizens Australia.

Our members share peer support and advocate for a better future.

Blind Citizens WA’s mission is to ensure that Western Australians who are blind or vision impaired have full participation in the community.

Upcoming Events

People who are blind or vision impaired, our families and friends are all welcome at Blind Citizens WA events. Pop these in your diary:

  • Blind Citizens WA is hosting social online events for members, new members, friends and supporters to stay connected dueing COVID-19 on the following dates:
    Saturday 25 April at 6pm,
    Saturday 9 May at 6pm,
    Saturday 23 May at 6pm,
    Saturday 6 June at 6pm,
    If you want to join in please contact the Blind Citizens WA office for online meeting details. Call 6180 8938 (leave a message) or Email Blind Citizens WA
  • Swish (Blind Table Tennis) – Due to COVID-19, Swish is on hold until further notice.

Have Your Say – Get Involved

If you have an idea, an opinion, or a comment about how we can improve the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired in WA together, please let us know. Call us on (08) 6180 8938 or email