Washing your hands has ever been the best way to avoid getting sick. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, washing your hands is now more important than ever.
What is the proper way to wash your hands?
Here's how to make sure you're removing all bacteria from your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean and fresh running water (cold or warm ).
- Use soap and rub your hands vigorously for about 20 seconds. You don't need to use an antibacterial soap; any soap works.
- Make sure you wholly wash the space between your fingers, the back of your hands, and under your nails, where germs love to hide.
- Clean your hands and dry them well with a clean, dry towel.
When should I wash my hands?
To stop the spread of germs, make washing your hands a regular habit. It is especially important to practice it:
- before eating and cooking
- After going to the bathroom
- after cleaning the house
- after handling animals, including your family's pets
- after visiting or caring for sick friends or family
- after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- after being abroad
- after handling the mail or packages
What if you don't have soap and water? Waterless hand scrubs or sanitizers are also a good alternative. They come in liquid, wipe, or spray form. You can buy small containers to keep in your backpack, car, locker, purse, or gym bag.
How does having clean hands help?
Proper hand washing is the first line of safeguard against the spread of many diseases, including the coronavirus (COVID-19). It also helps protect you from the common cold or cold to more severe illnesses, such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, the flu, hepatitis A, and many types of diarrhoea.
How do germs spread?
Germs can spread in multiple ways, such as:
- when touching dirty hands
- when changing diapers
- through contaminated food or water
- through droplets expelled into the air during coughing or sneezing
- through contaminated surfaces
- through contact with the bodily fluids of a sick person
When you come into connection with germs, you can become infected only by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
So, don't underestimate the importance of washing your hands! It is one of the best things you can do to help yourself and others around you.