Germs and bacteria are silent killers. They’re everywhere but we don’t see them. We don’t normally feel their presence but their outbreak is one of the deadliest. They can start spreading infections and illnesses without us knowing.
Don’t let yourself catch ay of these germs and bacteria. And you can do this by simply ensuring that your hands are clean at all times. Handwashing is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent the onset and the spread of illnesses and infections in all settings. And it is easy to do. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another .
When, ideally, should you wash your hands?
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- 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 touching and handling garbage
The need may vary from person to person but the most important thing is, if you think you’ve held something infected or dirty, then wash your hands immediately.
How should you wash your hands?
- Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap.
- Rub your hands together to make a lather and ensure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, under your nails, under the rings, and cuticles. Friction helps remove dirt and microorganisms.
- Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.