Disease Control Research Shows 80% of Infections Transmitted by the Hands

Cleanliness plays a crucial role in protecting our health and well-being. By focusing on cleaning methods and the control and prevention of COVID-19, we can significantly reduce the risk of contagions and stop the further spread of disease.

Why You Need to Regularly Clean Your Hands

Let’s look at some important facts about hand cleaning. These details will help you see why hand washing is critical to the prevention of disease.

  1. According to the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, you should spend at least 20 minutes cleaning your hands. Don’t just wash them, but scrub beneath the fingernails, on the front and back of the hands, and between the fingers. That is the best way to remove the microbes, grease, or dirt that builds up during the day. Dry your hands gently but thoroughly and use a paper towel to touch the door handle when exiting a public restroom.
  2. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) supports thorough hand cleaning, as facts from the agency show that approximately 97% of the people in one study did not clean their hands properly.
  3. The best way to ensure disease prevention, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control is to make hand washing a regular habit. You should always scrub, as rubbing your hands in this manner produces friction to lift away dirt and germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol until you have access to soap and water.

Nothing Replaces the Use of Soap and Water for Getting Rid of Germs

Remember that a sanitizer will not clean your hands or help if your hands are visibly dirty. Using the product only supports your efforts when your hands are relatively clean. Nothing can take the place of regular hand washing – an activity that should take place at least five times per day. Use plan soap, as the use of an antibacterial product can remove healthy bacteria from the skin.

When to Wash Your Hands

Always wash your hands before and after eating or preparing food. You should also clean your hands every time you floss or before you breast feed. Hand washing is crucial too after you sneeze or cough or are caring for someone who is sick or has a cold. Wash your hands when taking care of pets, applying first aid, or sharing objects. Anytime you handle garbage bags or animal waste, you should wash your hands.

Making a conscientious effort to wash your hands not only will prevent illness, it will make you aware of what you need to do to safeguard your own health as well as the health of others.