The whole world is panicking about Coronavirus. Some people buying food supplies, while others think that coronavirus is affecting only their rear end and are hoarding toilet paper. However, this kind of behavior only endangers society even further. Remember that only proper personal protection, including clean hands, help to stop the spread of various germs.
Do clean hands help to stop the spread of coronavirus?
In short, yes they do. There are a lot of various germs living on our hands. Some of them are harmless, while some may cause various diseases.
It is known since Ignaz Semmelweis at Vienna Maternity Hospital in 1847 proved that washing hands with soap before attending women in labor greatly reduced their mortality rates.
When you are cleaning your hands, you effectively kill the majority of disease-causing bacteria and viruses on your hands and reduce the chance of infecting yourself or other people.
All the disinfectants, whether it would be soap or alcohol, works, just make sure to not use anything that could cause more harm than good. For example, using caustic soda or strong acids on your hands would not be the best idea.
So, with all the hype going around the globe, it would be wise to put some effort into cleaning them. Because clean hands help to prevent disease.
When to clean hands?
Clean hands help to prevent infections, but only in proper time. So when is the time to clean them? In short – before you touch anyone after you have touched anything and anyone, and before you are touching yourself.
- Before and after preparing food
- Before and after eating food
- Before and after treating sick people
- Before and after treating a wound
- Before and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
- After going to the toilet
- After touching anything that is dirty
- After interaction with pets, other animals
- After coming into contact with animal food and/or waste
Cleaning hands with soap and water
As is stated by WHO, washing hands is one of the most effective and simplest ways to prevent the spread of disease-inducing bacteria and viruses. Clean hands help to prevent the spread of germs from person to person and may as well protect the whole community. It is an extremely good idea to keep your hands clean in environments like offices, schools, hospitals and other public places.
Here are easy steps to wash your hands:
- Wet your hands with water.
- Carefully lather by rubbing them with soap. Make sure you lather the backs of your hands, under nails, between fingers and other hard to reach spots.
- Scrub them for at least 20 seconds. This time is needed for soap to break down the germs.
- Rinse them with clean water.
- Dry them using a clean towel or a hand dryer
About hand sanitizers
According to the CDC, you should clean your hands with hand sanitizer when there is no option to wash your hands with soap and water. Sanitizers do not destroy all the germs, but they reduce their numbers significantly.
A proper sanitizer should contain at least 60% of alcohol. Usually, you can find such information on the label. Also, sanitizer may not work as effectively when your hands are visibly dirty, oily, greasy, etc…
A sanitizer does affect viruses and bacteria, but it is incapable of removing other kinds of pollutants like heavy metals and pesticides.
Cleaning hands with hand sanitizer.
- Apply sanitizing gel or liquid to your palm.
- Carefully rub your hands together until you cover all sides.
- Keep rubbing for about 20 seconds, or until your hands become dry.
Take caution not to get sanitizer in your eyes. Also, do not swallow it. It can be poisonous in large amounts.
Other notions of personal hygiene
When you washed your hands, make sure that every person you encounter does. It is an important step as clean hands help to prevent an outbreak of an infectious disease. Also, during an outbreak, it will slow down the spread of the disease.
A few other things that may help to prevent or slow down an outbreak are etiquette of coughing and sneezing. Not only it is very rude to cough or sneeze without covering up your nose and mouth, but it is a menace because it is the main way germs spread. Make sure to cough or sneeze into a disposable napkin or an inner side of your elbow. Also, discipline anyone that you can see sneezing or coughing without covering their face.
So, now that you have cleaned your hands, go and enjoy that healthy meal that you have been anticipating to try