Have you washed your hands? Hand washing is critical to maintaining health. Even every 15th of October is celebrated as World Handwashing Day.
Although simple, hand washing is an easy way to protect yourself from infections and diseases. Wash hands regularly, especially before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid pain, and prevent the spread of germs to others.
When you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you have accidentally collected germs in your hands. In turn, you can infect yourself with this germ by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Although it is impossible to keep hands free of germs, often hand washing limits transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.
Be sure always to wash your hands before:
- Prepare food or eat
- Create wounds, give medications, or care for the sick or injured
- Include or remove contact lenses
Do not forget to always wash your hands after:
- Preparing food or cooking, especially when processing red meat and poultry.
- Use the toilet or change the diapers.
- Thank the animals, the place to eat and the dirt.
- Guard your nose, cough or sneeze into your hands.
- Create wounds or care for the sick or injured.
- Holding garbage, household chemicals or gardens, or anything that can be contaminated like cleaning cloth or dirty shoes.
- Also, wash your hands every time it looks dirty.
How to wash hands
It’s best to wash hands with soap and water. Follow these simple steps:
- Wet your hands with running water, may be warm or cold.
- Lab liquid soap or bar
- Rub your hands with a little tight for 20 seconds. Remember to rub all surfaces, including the back of the hand, wrist, between the fingers and under your fingernails.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Dry your hands with a clean towel or tissue or air dryer.
- If possible use the hand or elbow to turn off the faucet.
Antibacterial soaps, such as those containing triclosan, are no more effective at killing germs than regular soaps. Using antibacterial soaps can even lead to the development of bacteria resistant to antimicrobial products, making it more difficult to kill the germs in the future.
By 2016, the American drug and drug regulatory body issues regulations that prohibit antibacterial active ingredients including triclosan and triclocarban, to be marketed again to consumers. This product includes liquid soap, foam and gel, bar soap and body wash.