Handwashing & Health

On 03 December 2020 by Droobi

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Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or out in the community. Handwashing prevents most of the common infections. Many diseases occur when hands become contaminated with disease-causing bacteria’s and viruses. This can happen from using the toilet, child’s excreta, coughing, sneezing, touching other contaminated surfaces… 

When hands are contaminated with disease-causing microorganisms, they can enter the body by passing from one person to another and cause disease. The two major diseases that are transmitted are diarrhea and pneumonia. Together, diarrhea and pneumonia cause a lot of deaths amongst the most vulnerable. Many of these deaths can be prevented by proper handwashing with soap.

Handwashing with soap works by removing bacteria and viruses before they can enter the body or spread to other people. Cleaning hands with soap, particularly before eating or preparing food, after using the toilet, after touching public door handles, supermarket cart… is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of diseases.

Using soap to wash hands is more effective than using water alone as the surfactants in soap lift dirt and microbes from the skin, and people tend to scrub hands more thoroughly when using soap, which further removes germs.

You may know this already, yet just a reminder: When washing hands with soap and water, wet hands with water and apply the amount of product necessary to cover all surfaces. Rinse hands with water and dry thoroughly with a single-use towel. Use clean, running water whenever possible. Use a towel to turn off tap/faucet. Dry hands thoroughly. Make sure towels are not used multiple times or by different people.

Hand-washing offers great rewards in terms of preventing illness. Adopting this habit can play a major role in protecting your health. This is something that we have all experienced especially in the flu and COVID season. Stay Safe!