Home Health World Handwashing Day: Benefits of washing your hands

World Handwashing Day: Benefits of washing your hands

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Access to medical information can help people change certain behaviours and avoid being unwell in the first place, before illness sets in.

First of all, handwashing should be a daily ritual for every adult and child even when Covid-19 is over. But do the general public know this?

When you come in contact with a surface and then touch your face with those unclean hands, germs travel from that surface to you and to every other person with whom you have personal contact.

On the other hand, washing your hands thoroughly with soap and under running water can help prevent infections in both healthy people and those with compromised immune systems.

Handwashing has been known as one of the most effective methods for removing germs, avoiding illness, and preventing the transfer of germs from one person to the other. It is by far the most effective approach to keeping children healthy and preventing the spread of infections. It can also protect you from COVID-19 and respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, and gastric infections that cause diarrhoea.

Here’s how handwashing with soap and water will protect you and your family whether you’re at home, at work, on the road, or out in the community.

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Keep in mind that washing your hands should not necessarily be with antiseptic soap. Normal soap and water are also very effective.

Rinse your hand under running water, use soap (either bar or liquid soap).

Work up your lather for up to half a minute washing your hand and wrist as well as your under your nails and between your fingers.

Rinse and dry your hand thoroughly

Keep in mind that if you are using a public toilet, use a tissue to press the handle and the doorknobs as a lot of people use them.

You might be wondering when to wash your hands. Wash them after the following:

After using the toilet both at home and in public for both yourself and your kids.

Before touching your eyes and wearing contacts. After cleaning the house. Before and after cooking.

After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing and also for sick people.

After treating a wound.

After entering a public bus especially after holding on to the railings in the buses.

After going to the hospital and touching the doctor’s offices, a nursing home and so on.

When you touch your pet, the fur of most of them harbour microorganisms.

As a doctor or medical personnel ensure you wash your hands after coming in contact with patients.

After coming in contact with a dustbin and garbage bin.

So don’t undervalue the importance of handwashing! You could save money on doctor’s visits if you spend more time at the sink.

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