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HANDWASHING: Clean Hands, Save Lives

“Cleanliness is next to godliness”

  • Hand washing, also known as hand hygine, is the act of cleaning one’s hands for the purpose of removing soil, grease, microorganisms, or other unwanted substances

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands. This helps prevent infections because: People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it.

“Future is in your hands. Stop spreading germs, Wash your hands.”

  • Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you:
  • Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands
  • Touch a contaminated surface or objects
  • Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects

“Clean Hands are guardians of health”

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

“Farewell to filth, hello to health.

Don’t be a bum, wash off the scum.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you should also clean hands:

  • After you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens, etc.
  • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because that’s how germs enter our bodies.

The single most important piece of advice health experts can give to help us stay safe from COVID-19 is this one: ”Wash your hands”. In the final analysis, it’s the hands. The hands are the connecting piece” .You can’t necessarily control what you touch. You can’t control who else touched it. But you can look after your own hands.

Hand-washing — with soap and water — is a far more powerful weapon against germs than many of us realize.

  • The first thing that’s happening is that you’re physically removing things from your hands. At the same time, for certain agents, the soap will actually be busting open that agent, breaking it apart.”

Coronaviruses, like this year’s version that has left  lakhs of people worldwide infected with COVID-19, are encased in a lipid envelope– basically, a layer of fat. Soap can break that fat apart and make the virus unable to infect you.

  • The second thing soap does is mechanical. It makes skin slippery so that with enough rubbing, we can pry germs off and rinse them away.

Sounds pretty simple, but the vast majority of people still don’t do it right.

“By far, the most important surface to clean is the surface of your hands! Hand hygiene is the biggest, simplest, cheapest step you can take to protect yourself from Corona virus, and most any respiratory viral illness! But it only works if you do it, properly and consistently.”

  • As for the phone—yes, that is the highest-yield surface in the house to keep clean, because we touch our phones so often

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water

If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,

  • Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
  • Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
  • Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.

Caution! Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than a couple of mouthfuls are swallowed. Keep it out of reach of young children and supervise their use.

How to use hand sanitizer

  • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian doctor working in Vienna General Hospital, is known as the father of hand hygiene”

What is proper hand washing : 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. You may follow below given 6 steps:

Step 1: Rub Palms Together. …

Step 2: Rub the Back of Hands. …

Step 3: Interlink Your Fingers. …

Step 4: Cup Your Fingers. …

Step 5: Clean the Thumbs. …

Step 6: Rub Palms with Your Fingers.

Dry your hands with a clean towel or air-dry them.

All of this extra hand-washing could easily dry out the skin on your hands. So, as well as washing regularly, make sure to moisturise your hands as well.

So don’t underestimate the power of hand washing! The time you spend at the sink could save you trips to the doctor’s office. Just instructing people to wash their hands is not going to get them to do it. People don’t practice hand-washing.To change behavior, you need to create an enabling environment. You need to establish a positive social norm. And you need to make it a desirable thing to do.”

“Before you leave take a minute to clean”

Dr. Dimpy Gupta

( BDS, MBA),Relationship Manager( Indus Hospitals)

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