Technical Brief: Handwashing with Soap: A Key Part of the COVID-19 Response

Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Handwashing with soap, together with other public health interventions, will be key to curbing the transmission of COVID-19.

This technical brief offers guidelines for:

  • Key moments for handwashing with soap during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Knowledge alone does not always lead to behavior change 
  • Integrate a range of handwashing determinants into promotion efforts
  • Create handwashing infrastructure that enables behavior
  • Use cues, reminders, and rewards to trigger handwashing behaviors
  • Share stories to motivate handwashing
  • Addressing common barriers to handwashing with soap
  • Rapid interventions to promoting handwashing as part of COVID-19 response
  • Online resources