Today, March 28, is Justin Jackson’s birthday. The Dallas Mavericks’ reserve wing is turning 25 years old. Goodness, he’s young. To celebrate, a few of the Mavs players made videos of themselves at home singing him Happy Birthday while also washing their hands.
So wholesome, isn’t it? No, it’s not. There’s nothing wrong with Boban Marjanovic, Courtney Lee, Seth Curry, Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber, and Jalen Brunson giving birthday love to Jackson. However, there’s everything wrong with how they’re washing their hands. Sure, they do it for the recommended 20 or so seconds, but the rest leaves much to be desired.
To a person, they gently rub their palms and the back of their hands before toweling off. Folks, that’s just not going to cut it. COVID-19 is laughing at the way these hands were washed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has specific guidelines that everyone should follow when in comes to hand washing. In order to to a thorough job, one has to scrub. That means in between your fingers.
From the CDC:
Follow these five steps every time.
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Got it? Good. Now go wash your hands the right way and sing Happy Birthday to Justin Jackson. He’ll be glad you did.