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Wash your hands to keep diseases at bay

As the world celebrates Global Handwashing Day today (15th October), health practitioners say that hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections.

You can spread certain “germs” (a general term for microbes like viruses and bacteria) casually by touching another person. You can also catch germs when you touch contaminated objects or surfaces and then you touch your face (mouth, eyes, and nose).

“Good” hand washing techniques include using an adequate amount of soap, rubbing the hands together to create friction, and rinsing under running water. The use of gloves is not a substitute for hand washing.

When should I wash my hands?

Different situations where people can pick up “germs” include:

Ensuring to wash hands properly after using the washroom is very important in reducing disease transmission of stomach “flus” and other gastrointestinal infections.

Using soap and lathering up is also important as rinsing hands in water only is not as effective. Use comfortably warm, running water where possible for comfort.

Hands should be washed for a minimum of 15 seconds – longer if the hands are visibly soiled.

How do I properly wash my hands?

Other tips include:

Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day is celebrated on October 15 to raise awareness about disease prevention and improve handwashing habits of the people. The aim of Global Handwashing Day is to support and promote the handwashing culture.

The Global Handwashing Day was established in the year 2008. Every year, around 200 million people celebrate the day. This year the theme for the day is ‘Raise a Hand for Hygiene’.

Some interesting facts that you must know:

Facts about body hygiene: