Most of us were taught when very young the importance of good hygiene and how important it’s to wash our hands, especially after using the bathroom or touching dirty things. With the corona virus pandemic, it has become even more important to wash our hands regularly using soap and fresh water. Many people are not very efficient at washing their hands, but it has countless times been proven to be the most effective way of avoiding harmful bacteria and viruses. Hand sanitiser is the next most effective way to stop harmful germs from entering our bodies.
Scrubbing your hands correctly is the first and most powerful line of defence against the spread of illnesses such as the common cold, flu and other respiratory infections, meningitis and diarrhea. This simple reason for this is that germs are ejected from your mouth or nose and land on surfaces that are commonly touched. You then in the normal course of the day touch these surfaces, hand rails, door handles, light switches, touch screens, money and merchandise in shops as well as other objects found in public areas. Most people continuously touch their nose, eyes, mouth and general face area many times a day transferring any germs as they do so.
When are the times you need to wash or at least sanitise your hands
At these times you are more exposed to outside germs so you need to wash your hands:
- At any time you handle food, before, during and after
- Before and after you eat
- Whenever you touch someone else, especially those who are sick
- Before as well as after tending to an injury or wound
- After using the Bathroom
- After handling animals
- After sneezing, wiping your nose or coughing
- After touching garbage
- When you enter a building
Although hand sanitisers are not as effective as using soap and water they are if they contain more than 60 per cent alcohol effective in killing most germs especially the corona virus.
It is important to understand that the alcohol content in hand sanitisers can evaporate out, especially if heated such as leaving in a hot car or in the sun. It’s advisable to purchase smaller quantities of hand sanitiser more often, always check the seal, expiry date and the alcohol content as listed on the bottle and protect it from heat.
To Wash your hands
- First, wet your hands and apply the soap until you have a good lather
- Scrub or rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds being sure to reach all areas, under finger nails and the backs of your hands
- Rinse your hands in clean fresh water
- Dry your hand using a disposable towel and use the paper towel to turn off the tap
To clean your hands using a hand sanitiser
Apply the required amount of hand sanitiser to your hands and rub them together until dry ensuring you reach all areas
The reason you need to sanitise your hand often is because you use your hands to touch surfaces that are likely to be covered in germs hand sanitiser is the second best way to ensure your hands are as germ free as possible after using soap and water.