What wonders can a handwash do?
Contaminated hands can convey a variety of infectious diseases from one person to another.
Infections of the gastrointestinal tract, such as salmonellosis, and infections of the respiratory tract, such as influenza, colds, and coronavirus, are among these disorders (COVID-19).
Hand washing with soap and water can help prevent the transmission of germs that cause certain diseases (such as bacteria and viruses).
Some gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, especially in young infants, the elderly, or those with a weaker immune system, can lead to significant problems.
When to wash your hands
You should wash your hands thoroughly:
• after using the toilet
• after changing nappies
• before, during and after preparing food
• between handling raw and cooked or ready-to-eat food
• before eating
• after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
• after using a tissue or handkerchief
• before and after attending to sick children or other family members
• after smoking
• after handling rubbish or working in the garden
• after handling animals
• when you get home, arrive at other people’s homes, at venues or at work.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
How to properly wash your hands
To properly wash your hands, follow these steps:
Turn off the tap and wet your hands with clean, flowing water.
Apply soap and vigorously lather for 20 seconds (or longer if the dirt is ingrained).
Rub your hands and wrists together quickly across the whole surface of your hands and wrists.
Remember to massage the backs of your hands, wrists, fingers, and under your fingernails.
Remove rings and watches before washing your hands if at all possible, or ensure that the rings are moved so that the rings are washed under them, as bacteria can reside.
Rinse well under running water to ensure that all traces of soap are gone.
Dry your hands with a clean towel or let them air dry.
Paper towels are the finest option (or single-use cloth towel).
Handwashing with soap and water removes far more disease-causing organisms than handwashing with just water.
People who have skin irritation from soap should be aware that soaps vary in pH – they might be neutral, slightly alkaline, or slightly acidic – and that scents in soap can also cause irritation. Some folks may benefit from switching soaps.
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