COVID-19 and your jewelry. What you should know.

With constant hand-washing amid the coronavirus outbreak, should you stop wearing your wedding ring?

You probably know the basics of proper hand-washing by now: At least 20 seconds, and scrub those fingertips, not just your palms.

But what about your wedding ring or wristwatch? Should you take those off while you wash your hands? Can they carry the new coronavirus?

As the outbreak of COVID-19 spreads around the globe, public health officials have advised that properly washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others.

However, what to do about rings and other jewelry is often not addressed in these guides.

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Jewelry And Coronavirus: What To Know About Washing And Safety

They’re the questions on everyone’s mind at any given moment right now: When did I last wash my hands? Is it time to wash my hands again? Am I washing my hands for long enough? Am I using the right kind of soap?

As we’re (hopefully) spending more time in front of the sink, there are a couple of things to consider beyond just maintaining good hygiene.

If wearing jewelry is part of your everyday routine, you might be wondering if you should wear it, what effect excessive hand sanitizing has (if any) and best practices for keeping yourself ― and others around you ― healthy.

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Coronavirus: the new rules for wearing (and cleaning) your watches and jewellery

As the new coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, we’re rightly reminded to wash our hands more than ever.

This, as we are sure you already know by now, means at least 20 seconds of thorough cleaning with soap and warm water, plus regular use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser whenever you’re away from running water. And remember to make sure the sanitiser is at least 70% alcohol.

But there’s more to it than clean hands. Because the new coronavirus COVID-19 has been found to survive on plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours, it is vitally important that you remove your watch, fitness tracker and jewellery, and clean them too.

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