A new update to the Apple smartwatch might help slow the spread of COVID-19 by helping people wash their hands. That might sound ridiculous, but you could probably use some help. A study conducted by the US Department of Agriculture and published on CNN shows that nearly everyone, 97% of people, is washing their hands incorrectly. The new watch feature is essentially a timer that makes sure you wash your hands for 20 seconds. Business Insider says the new update will also include a sleep tracking tool, and it will now track dancing as an exercise.

Four years ago, Jimmy Kimmel wanted to make sure he was washing his hands right, so he flew a Mayo doctor out to Los Angeles to teach him the proper way. Watch Dr. Polland's appearance below.

 

The CDC recommends following the 5 steps below to wash your hands the right way

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.