Proper handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Adherence to hand hygiene practices can prevent the spread of infections and also check the transmission of microorganisms.

As you touch people, surfaces, and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. You can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, or spread them to others.

Proper handwashing

Although it’s impossible to keep your hands germ-free, proper handwashing can help limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.

With flu season in full swing and the coronavirus continuing to spread it becomes even more essential to have the knowledge of proper handwashing. Since we do not have any treatment for this viral disease, the only possible way is to maintain good hygiene and improve your immunity

WHEN TO WASH HANDS

Always have a handwash before:

  • Preparing food or eating
  • Treating wounds or caring for a sick person
  • Inserting or removing contact lenses

Always have a handwash after:

  • Preparing food
  • Using the toilet, changing a diaper or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • Touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
  • Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Treating wounds or caring for a sick person
  • Handling garbage

Also, Have a handwash when your hands are visibly dirty. 

HOW TO WASH HANDS

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol for proper handwashing. Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. 

Thus, it is necessary to keep yourself and your surroundings clean by adopting good hygiene practices. Till then stay fit and stay healthy and keep reading our blogs.