Handwashing week is the time to shed light on the importance of handwashing to our health. We touch hundreds of surfaces every day, and when you touch your face, dangerous bacteria and viruses could enter your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Washing your hands is one of the best ways to combat germs and diseases. Diseases such as the common cold to other infections like COVID-19, pneumonia, hepatitis, and various types of diarrhea are caused by a lack of information. That is why it’s crucial to know the facts and avoid the dangers of improper hand hygiene practices.
Equip yourself with the right knowledge with these handwashing facts.
Most people wash their hands for only 6 seconds
- Wash your hands for 20-30 seconds – including drying of hands.
- Avoid directly touching faucet handles, doorknobs, and paper towel dispensers after washing your hands.
- Use a paper towel to turn off the tap and open the doors.
- Always wash your hands in running water.
Statistics show that up to 80% of infectious diseases spread via touch
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), always wash your hands during these key times
- before, during, and after preparing food
- before eating food
- before and after treating a cut or wound
- before leaving the bathroom
- after returning home from outside
- after handshakes
- after changing diapers
- after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- after touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- after handling pet food or pet treats
- after touching garbage
- after putting on your shoes
- after touching frequently touched surfaces
Damp or wet hands harbor and spread more bacteria than dry hands
- Avoid whisking your hands in the air to dry them – doing this spreads the remaining germs via the water droplets.
- Hand towels at home contain millions of leftover bacteria from handwashing.
- Use disposable paper towels after washing your hands.
- Allocate 10 seconds for proper hand drying.
- Avoid using air dryers to dry your hands.
Germs on your fingertips and under your fingernails double in amount after using the toilet
- Include these areas when washing your hands, and do not just focus on your palms.
- Fecal matter carries millions of bacteria, which causes diarrhea and pneumonia.
- Always use soap when washing your hands.
Hand sanitizers are great but handwashing is still the best option
- Use running water and soap if your hands are visibly dirty.
- If you see dirt, grease, or any substance on your hands, it’s best to wash your hands.
- Only hand sanitizers with at least 62% alcohol saturation are effective at killing germs.
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Importance of handwashing
Research and statistics show that millions of deaths every year are caused by infectious diseases from a lack of proper hand hygiene practice. A large portion of these infectious-disease deaths is brought upon by a lack of information. That is why educating people about proper handwashing and hygiene help in keeping families and communities healthy. Stay safe and healthy this holiday season through frequent handwashing!