Hand hygiene has always been very important, but since the outbreak of COVID-19, it has been even more important. Having good hand hygiene is the key to preventing the spread of any kinds of infections. But unfortunately, hand hygiene is not something a lot of people are good at, that is why you need to ensure that you are washing your hands as best as you can.
How Often Should You Wash Your Hands?
We all know that throughout the day we encounter thousands of germs. From touching objects to saying hi to people, you are ending up with germs on your hands. By sanitising regularly and washing your hands throughout the day you will be able to prevent the spreading of any germs as well as getting sick.
Here’s When You Should Wash Your Hands:
No matter if there is a pandemic or not, you need to ensure that you are washing your hands before you are touching any kind of food, going to the bathroom as well as greeting people or touching your technology. When it comes to washing your hands after, the list is almost endless, but always make sure that you wash your hands after using the restrooms, sneezing, cushion or blowing your nose, eating, touching garbage etc… If there is visible dirt on your hands, it goes without saying that you should wash them immediately without touching anything or anyone before that.
Using Soap and Sanitisers
It is no secret that before the pandemic, people very rarely used sanitisers and soap to clean their hands. But that has quickly changed as now people are not leaving the house without a bottle of hand sanitiser to use on the go. On top of being more conscious and washing hands properly and regularly, people have realised how important it is to properly dry their hands after washing them. Not a lot of people used to dry their hands after washing which defeats the purpose. After washing your hands with warm water and soap for 30 seconds, make sure that you are using the hand dryer to completely dry your hands off. The biggest change that we are seeing is that there is soap and hand sanitiser available everywhere. It is no secret that that hasn’t been the case before the outbreak of COVID-19. Now every desk in the office has its own bottle of hand sanitisers as well as some sanitising wipes for their workspace. Not only that but most bathrooms will now have soap, hand sanitisers as well as paper to dry off your hands or some sort of a commercial hand dryer.
How to Wash Your Hands Step-by-Step
Another thing COVID has shown us is that not a lot of people don’t know how to wash their hands correctly. Hand washing is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you are taking good care of your health. In order to wash your hands correctly, you will need to do it for 30 seconds. Lucky because of the pandemic, most bathrooms will have hand washing charts to make things easier for those who are not yet sure how to wash their hands the right way. Where a lot of people have been going wrong is washing their hands with cold water. Now, every bathroom will have warm water as well as soap that you can lather easy. Once you have scrubbed your hands, under your nails and in between your fingers, you will want to rinse off your hands. But if you can’t get to the sink and you know that your hands are dirty, make sure that you are using a hand sanitiser. Keep in mind that they are not killing all the germs on your hands and you shouldn’t use them if you have a film of dirt on your hands. Another thing that people have found out is that using a hand sanitiser or washing your hands with water and soap will dry out your hands and cause cracks and bleeding.
As we know, COVID-19 has been the most daunting health and safety challenge we had to overcome. That is why we need to be aware and take all the precautions and keep our hands clean to ensure that there is no further spreading of the virus.