Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. Find out when and how to wash your hands properly.
With the shortage of hand gel currently, don’t forget to teach good hand hygiene with the use of soap and water
Her'e's some best practice guideance, content courtesy of Mayo Clinic and St Guys Hospital.
When to wash your hands
As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. You can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth, or spread them to others. Although it's impossible to keep your hands germ-free, washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.
Always wash your hands before:
Always wash your hands after:
Also, wash your hands when they are visibly dirty.
How to wash your hands
It's generally best to wash your hands with soap and water.
Follow these steps:
How to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which don't require water, are an acceptable alternative when soap and water aren't available. If you use a hand sanitizer, make sure the product contains at least 60% alcohol. Follow these steps:
Hand-washing offers great rewards in terms of preventing illness. Adopting this habit can play a major role in protecting your health.
Follow a six stage cleaning technique as used in leading hospitals.
Do not assume that children know how to wash their hands. Watch how they wash their hands and teach them the correct way.