- Unclean hands lead to the spread of infection. Regular hand washing limits spread of diseases
- Follow all the steps of hand washing (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry). Use soap and water
- Global Hand washing Day is a worldwide campaign to raise awareness to improve hand washing practices by using soap and water
- Hand washing is the most inexpensive way to reduce spread of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases
- Involvement of children is a key component of the global strategy to spread awareness in society
October 15 is the Global Hand washing day, which aims to create awareness and understanding regarding hand wash being the most effective and affordable way to prevent ourselves from diseases.
Why hand washing is more important than we think?
- Cleaning hands at the right times and in the right way is the first line of defense for various diseases like diarrhea, flu, common cold, typhoid and meningitis
- Hands are the main pathways of germ transmission. So, hand washing helps to prevent the infectious germs from spreading
- If you don’t wash your hands properly, you are exposed to various infections related to your eyes, nose and mouth
When should you wash your hands?
- Before eating or preparing food
- After coughing or blowing your nose
- After your trips to bathroom
- After touching animals
- After playing outside
- Before and after visiting your sick friend or family member
- And whenever you feel your hands are dirty
How to wash your hands?
Next time when you are washing your hands, remember these hand washing tips:
- It is better to use lukewarm water to clean your hands
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can use regular soap and warm water as an effective way to ward off infection. It is not necessary to use only antibacterial soaps
- Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces, then
- Rub hands palm to palm
- Right palm over left dorsum (upper side of the hand) with interlaced fingers and vice versa
- Palm to palm with fingers interlaced
- Backs of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked
- Rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa
- Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa
- Rinse hands with water and dry hands thoroughly with the use of disposable tissue or hot air drier
It is highly suggested to scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure your hands are clean and germ free!