Wash Your Hands - It Prevents Diseases!

By Refadoc, Posted on : Saturday, 20 December 2014 - 8:10 am IST

Washing hands has come out to be a worldwide campaign which has been taken forward by World Health Organization as well as NGO’s all across the globe. When your mother told you to go and wash your hands before meals, little did you imagine that this little practice kept you safe from so many ailments? Today, May 5th has been crowned as “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands” day all over the world by WHO.

Experts have pointed out that cleaning your hands properly and at the right time has known to help reduce health care related infections. This practice is equally important for everyone as it’s through our hands that we pick up different kinds of germs, become infected and spread disease.

When to wash hands?

The answer is as often as you can! It is important to wash your hands especially when many people around you are sneezing or sniffling due to common cold. The common cold virus is often transmitted via doorknobs, switches, taps, phones or other commonly used objects. It is also recommended to wash your hands when:

  • You are using the bathroom or are changing a baby’s soiled diapers.
  • Coughing, sneezing, and using a handkerchief or a napkin.
  • Before and after eating
  • Handling soiled or dirty utensils
  • Handling or preparing food, especially after touching raw meat, poultry, fish or eggs.
  • Handling garbage, shaking hands with people or after playing with animals.

The best way to wash hands follows the below mentioned steps:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm running water.
  • Rub your hands together for at least 15-20 seconds before washing them off.
  • Pay a special attention to your wrists, the back of your hands as well as between the fingers and under the nails.
  • Dry your hands well with a paper towel.

If you are travelling and soap is not easily available, make sure that you carry a hand sanitizer along with you. If you are using a gel based sanitizer, make sure to rub your hands together until the gel has dried off completely.

 

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