Nurse says long nails are the fastest spreaders of coronavirus


We’re all washing our hands vigorously during the Covid-19 pandemic. But what about our nails?

A nurse has warned that long nails can be one of the fastest spreaders of coronavirus as they can harbor germs, bacteria and even the virus underneath.

The Australian health worker wrote that the best practice is to keep nails short.

To test if your nails are short enough, she said you can press the tip of your finger. against your skin. If you can feel your nails but not the flesh of your finger, the nails are too long and need to be cut immediately.

Writing on Facebook, she said: ‘Among all the hand-washing instructions and the fun 20-second song suggestions, I haven’t seen anyone note that it is impossible to wash your hands properly if your fingernails are long’.

‘If you can’t put your fingernails straight down against your other palm without your nails adding too much distance to do it, you cannot wash under your fingernails properly unless you use a nail brush every time.’

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Press your nails against skin – if you can feel them but not the fingers, it’s too long

Having long nails is particularly dangerous if you regularly bite your nails which can introduce the virus into your system.

Many of us have been using hand sanitizers at this time but the nurse warned that this alone won’t do the trick for long nails.


The Mazatlan Post