In 2009, the World Health Organization established May 5 as Hand Hygiene Day, in order to make the world population aware of its use as an effective measure to reduce healthcare-related infections.
The world has undergone an irreversible change with the arrival of the coronavirus (COVID-19). And frequent hand washing is essential in preventing the virus.
It should be remembered that all respiratory viruses such as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are spread when mucus or drops containing the virus enter the body through the eyes, nose or throat. Most often, this happens through the hands, which are also one of the most frequent ways of transmitting viruses from one person to another.
One of the cheapest, easiest and most important ways to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
This is all you need to know to wash your hands properly:
What is the correct way to wash your hands?
- Step 1: Wet your hands under running water
- Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover wet hands
- Step 3: Rub over the entire surface of the hands (the back, the space between the fingers and under the nails) for at least 20 seconds
- Step 4: Rinse well under running water
- Step 5: Dry your hands with a clean cloth or single-use towel
When should I wash my hands?
In the context of COVID-19 prevention, you should wash your hands on the following occasions: After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing After visiting a public space, such as transportation, markets, and places of worship After touching surfaces outside your home, for example money Before and after caring for a sick person and also while caring for them Before and after eating
Do I have to use hot water to wash my hands?
No, you can use water at any temperature to wash your hands. Cold water and hot water are equally effective in killing germs and viruses. From Qtassist we want to remind you that during a global pandemic, one of the cheapest, simplest and most important ways to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water.