The threat from the COVID-19 multiplying rapidly globally is now putting everyone in the world at war, and everyone hands are at the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic with the enforcement of the hand wash routine. One can easily pick up droplets of the COVID-19 virus, and it will enter the body if one touches the faces, the mourh, and the nose.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health organizations are emphasizing on the importance of hand wash to slow down the growth of this coronavirus pandemic.
Why is the hand wash with Soap and Water so important?
The hand is exposed to thousands of dangerous germs and bacteria everyday. That’s why proper hand wash with soap and running water, is very important. Soaps are molecules with dual nature. One end of the molecule is attracted to water and resisted by fats and proteins. On the other hand, the other side of the molecule is drawn to fats and opposed by water.
The dual nature of soap makes it useful in killing germs. One side of the soap molecule, which is attracted to fat and repelled by water, breaks the virus’s coat and makes it soluble in water. Even if every virus is not destroyed, one will still get rid of the viruses from the hands with soap and water.
How to wash the hand
- Wet the hands
- Take soap
- Rub the hands together for 20 seconds atleast
- Rinse with water
- Dry the hand
The diseases that can be prevented just by washing the hands
Believing it or not, only 5% of people correctly wash their hands. The following are just a few of the ones that you can prevent with careful hand wash
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- The Flu
- Pink Eye
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
- Hepatitis A
- Strep Throat
- Escherichia coli (E. coli)
- Common Cold
Mistakes of Hand Wash
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), washing hands with soap can protect about 1/3 of young children who get sick with Diarrhea and almost one 1/5 with respiratory infections like Pneumonia.”
If you want to make sure your hands are not carriers for germs, make sure you are not making the following mistakes:
- Do not reach for the soap first. Wet your hands first, as damp skin can easily absorb the solvent and produces a better lather and more efficiently removes bacteria.
- Once you wet and soap up your hands, make sure you lather them for at least 20 seconds
- Make sure you are using enough soap.
- Do not forget to dry your hands after washing. Germs can be transferred easily to and from wet hands. You might re-contaminate your hand again if you grab the door handle with wet hands.
- Wash hand frequently, not just after using the toilet.
- Germs and bacteria can quickly get stuck under your fingernails. Washing hands won’t be useful if you’re not careful about your nails.
- Don’t skip the soap entirely while washing
- Do not touch the faucet right after washing. You can use a paper towel to turn off the tap.
- Do not touch the door handle after wash?
- Hand Dryers are not better than Paper Towels
- Do not Neglect the Backs of Your Hands
When to wash hand
- Before and after caring for sick people
- While preparing or eating food.
- After using the toilet
- After touching raw food
- After coughing or sneezing.
- After touching an animal.
- After touching garbage.
How to Keep the Skin Healthy While Washing the Hands frequently.
- Thorough hand washing may keep germs away, but damage the skin.
- Wash hand in warm water instead of hot water to prevent it from getting dry.
- You can use hand sanitizers temporarily when hands are extremely roughened.
- If you have eczema or psoriasis, use skin balm like Vaseline directly onto sores or cracked areas.
- According to skin experts, the following things can help:
- Wash hand with warm water
- Use moisturizing soap or hand wash
- Apply moisturizer after wash
- Wear gloves
- Use skin balm
- Use hand sanitizer
- Blot dry instead of wiping
Wash Hand with Cold Water vs. Hot water
According to a recent study, cold water is just as useful for killing germs as hot water. The scientists looked at several variables like hand wash technique, lather time, use of antibacterial soaps, water temperature, etc. They found there is no real difference between hand wash at 15°C and 38°C. Instead, the study suggests lather time is more critical. A minimum 20-second scrub is more effective in reducing germs than a 5-second lather.
Hand Wash Tips for kids
Here are several tips and tricks that parents, teachers or care givers can follow:
- Pick the child’s favourite song and have them sing it while washing the hands.
- Make sure the sink is within their reach
- You can use fun stuff like foam, liquid soap with colours, products with child-friendly scents or bright coloured bottles.
- Play a game while hand-washing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommend the same.
Using Hand sanitizer vs. Hand wash
Hand sanitizers are convenient to use on the go. They are available as wipes or in gel form. You can use them where soap and running water are not available. Before you purchase one, check ingredients and make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.
Soap and water are more effective to wash hand than these dab of gel. You should use a hand wash where possible. Soaps are more effective because when you wash hand with soap and water, you are demolishing the viruses.
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