When & how to wash your hands properly

Your hands are the most exposed parts of the body and the primary entry points for common germs and bacterias.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that around 40% of foodborne illnesses are transmitted via germs on our hands. Moreover, a staggering 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch alone.

Did you know?

  • In average your hands touching your face 2,000 - 3,000  times per day.
  • Approximately your hands touch your cellphone 2,617 - 5,400 daily.
  • Your keyboard three times contains more bacteria than a toilet seat, which harbouring 3,000 bacteria per square inch.

Also read: How dirty is your mobile phone?

That is why hand hygiene is critical in preventing the spread of illnesses. When done properly, good hand hygiene can be one of the simplest and most effective ways to help you avoid getting sick.

When to wash your hands?

Even though handwashing sounds trivial, yet it is an important part of daily routine especially in these following situations:

  • Before eating
  • Before handling foods
  • Before giving medications
  • Before putting contact lenses in eyes
  • Before and after touching any animals (you can give them germs too)
  • After going to the toilet
  • On arriving at work or school
  • After coughing or sneezing
  • After getting visible soil on hands
  • After handling raw meat/poultry or unwashed fruits and vegetables
  • After smoking, eating or drinking
  • After visiting shops and handling shopping trolleys, baskets, shop goods
  • After going on public transport
  • After touching sores, lacerations or infected areas on yourself or others
  • After cleaning eg wiping table tops, kitchen surfaces, using a mop
  • After playing/working outside
  • After playing with pets

How to wash your hand properly?

Many of us get so busy and forget how to wash our hands in the right way. Here's the practical method for washing your hands the right way:

  • Wet your hands with warm and/or cold water, close the water tap and apply enough soap in your hand
  • Rub hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Make sure you rub the wrist, between the fingers, and under the nails.
  • Rinse your hands thoroughly under clean and running water.
  • Dry your hands with using a clean towel, paper towel or air dryer.

Follow these simple steps to remove potentially lethal germs by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds in 8 simple steps.

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