Washing Hands



It is a well-known fact that


hand washing


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.

Unwashed hands are a super highway without traffic for

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.

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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.

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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.

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Image of Hands and bacteria poster.


According to a recent Reuters news article,

Handwashing is more useful

than drugs in virus control.


This indicates that

Hand washing and wearing masks,

gloves and gowns

are effective individually

in preventing the spread of

respiratory viruses,

and even more effective

when combined.

 

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.
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   Proper hand hygiene is the best way

to mitigate exposure to cold and flu,

and the spread of germs,

bacteria and viruses.

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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  to Stop Germs and Stay Healthy!


  • 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.

Wash your hands before you...
  • Prepare or eat food
  • Treat a cut or a wound

Wash your hands after you...

  • Go to the bathroom

     ALWAYS

     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. 

 

 Hand washing doesn't take
much time or effort,


 but it offers great rewards in terms of preventing illness.
 
Adopting this simple habit

can play a major role in protecting our health.

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