Global Handwashing Day: Washing our hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Keeping our hands clean is one of the most imperative steps we can take to avoid getting sick and even spreading germs to others.There are many diseases and conditions which cannot spread by just washing hands with soap and clean, running water. It has been seen that they are a lot communicable diseases that can be spread via touch!• Touching food with contaminated hands mostly spreads food borne illnesses like Salmonella, E. coli, Staph, and diarrheal infection. Proper handwashing can reduce the rate of diarrhea (remains the second most common cause of childhood death.
• Touching our face with contaminated hands spreads illnesses like pneumonia, cold and flu. Proper handwashing can reduce the rate of respiratory infections.Importance of hand wash in infection control
Hand wash is the primary weapon in infection control. The main goal of hand wash is to remove microorganisms from the hands, to prevent their possible transfer.It has been known that organisms can survive and even multiply on human hands, creating the opportunity to infect others or even the host. Handwashing can help in reducing the number of transient organisms present on the skin surface. It is important to know when all we should wash our hand, to keep the disease away from us.Remember to always wash your hands before:
• Before cooking
• Before having your food
• Treating wounds, giving medicine, or caring for a sick or injured person
• Inserting or removing contact lenses
Other than this, we should also clean our hands whenever they look or feel dirty. Handwashing and caring goes together so teach it and preach it!
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