Due to the rapid spread of coronavirus, the medical community recommends people to wash their hands frequently. However, why is washing hands so important and how does it get rid of germs? Let’s find out.
How Can Germs Infect You?
Germs can easily spread when you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Shaking hands with another person or touching surfaces also expose you to bacteria and viruses. By not washing hands before meals, you risk letting germs in through food and beverages.
For those with a weak immune system, these germs could cause complicated health conditions. Every year, 1.8 million children die from life-threatening diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea because of a lack of proper hand hygiene.
How Does Handwashing Help?
Handwashing is an effective way to get rid of germs. Water can wash away the majority of bacteria in your hands, but adding soap can kill them. Ingredients such as alcohol in soap and disinfectants attack the protein in bacteria to kill them.
Always remember to wash your hands for 20 seconds, at least. Clean the back of your hands and in between your fingers. You must wash your hands, especially:
- After using the toilet
- Before cooking or handling food
- Before eating food
- After touching surfaces at a public place
- After playing with pets
- After coughing and sneezing
- Before and after moving places (i.e. leaving the home or visiting the grocery store)
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