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The Right Way to wash your hands
The skin is the largest organ in the human body and has a surface area of about 1.5 to 2.0 square meters. It is the first defense against organisms that can cause diseases ranging from common cold to other serious infections.
Any cuts or lesions of the skin are possible areas of entry for bacteria and viruses. If you are a healthcare person or someone who is taking care of a sick person, your hands are also the most likely route through which infections or microorganisms might spread between patients or other members of the family. So, simply washing your hands is the most effective method of preventing the transmission of Infections.
Some of these bacteria and viruses can survive on the surfaces from days to weeks!! So, don’t underestimate the power of hand washing. The few seconds you spend at the risk could save you trips to the doctor’s office.
Germs travel Path
- Dirty hands
- Changing dirty diapers
- Contaminated water and food
- Droplets released during a cough or a sneeze
- Contaminated surfaces
- Contact with a sick person’s body fluids
House rules for hand washing to minimize the germs passing around in your family
1. Before eating and cooking
2. After using the bathroom
3. After cleaning around the house
4. After touching animals
5. After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
6. After being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog etc.)
What to Use to Wash Your Hands?
- Wash your hands with warm water.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol (Sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.)
- You can wash your hands with lemon slice after eating oily foods to remove that oily contents from your hands.
- Scrub your hands with soap or liquids for at least 30 seconds.
Use clean towel or air to dry