It is a well-known fact that
greatly reduces the spread of disease.
Most people have a vague idea that hand washing is
important, many don’t have a grasp on the facts.
We’ve put together a few interesting
and shocking facts about hand washing so you can see
why practicing proper hand hygiene is so vitally important.
germs to travel for fast transmission of diseases and
conditions. The best way to roadblock the super germ
highway and detour terms is washing hands with soap and
clean, running water for 20 seconds. When to wash?
Before and after preparing food, using the restroom,
blowing your nose, coming in contact with pets, handling
garbage and caring for someone who is sick.
Let's Observe Ourselves.
Throughout the day one can accumulate germs
on their hands from a variety of sources,
such as direct contact with people, contaminated surfaces, foods,
even animals and animal waste.
According to a survey by the Food and Drink Federation,
over half of teenagers do not wash their hands
after going to the toilet or before eating.
Many people don't practice this habit as often as they should -
even after using the toilet.
If we don't wash our hands frequently enough, we can infect
ourselves with these germs by touching our eyes, nose or mouth.
We can spread these germs to others by touching them or by touching
surfaces that they also touch, such as doorknobs.
The old adage that
"Cleanliness is next to godliness"
has now received scientific support.
According to a recent Reuters news article,
This indicates that
Hand washing and wearing masks,
gloves and gowns
are effective individually
in preventing the spread of
and even more effective
So while we might
not wear a mask, gloves, and gown at work,
unless we're in the medical field,
we can still wash our hands.
Hand Washing is the single most important means
of preventing the spread of infection.
Hand washing is a simple habit
that can help keep us healthy.
- Clean hands save lives.
- Hand washing is basic to food safety, personal health, and disease prevention.
- Most people--including children and adults do not wash their hands as often or as well as needed.
Proper hand hygiene is the best way
to mitigate exposure to cold and flu,
and the spread of germs,
bacteria and viruses.
Washing hands with the appropriate soap and
water is the first line of defense.
Many illnesses can be avoided if adults,
children and caretakers
simply wash their hands correctly.
Wash your hands thoroughly after your business.
Make washing your hands the FIRST THING you do
when you return home from any activity outside the house.
Make it a regular practice to wash your hands as soon as you come in the door.
- Prepare or eat food
- Treat a cut or a wound
Wash your hands after you...
- Go to the bathroom
wash your hands before leaving the toilet.On your way out, for personal hygiene, use a paper towel to grip the door handle if possible (because we will never train everyone to wash their hands) or, in public facilities, elbow through when somebody opens the door from outside.
Wash your hands after you...
- Handle uncooked foods, particularly raw meat,
poultry or fish
- Change your children's diapers
- Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze
- Play with your pet animals
- Play/Work in the garden
- Take out the rubbish
Of course, it's always important to wash your hands
whenever they look or feel dirty.
A simple way to stay healthy
A daily routine of hand washing,
using hand sanitizer
when soap and water is not available, and skin
conditioner can keep your hands free of contagious
germs and bacteria and moist, and most importantly,
keep you free of the sickly grip of influenza.
As the Centers for Disease Controls note,
hand hygiene is one of the most important steps
we can take to avoid getting sick
and spreading germs to others.
much time or effort,
can play a major role in protecting our health.