After many countries have exited quarantine, people are adjusting to the “new normal” in the post-COVID-19 world. Hand washing is without a doubt part of everyone’s new routine. The quick spread of the disease has shown people how important hand hygiene is. Many workplaces, as well as schools, restaurants, nursing homes and more, are realizing that hand washing is critical in the battle against germs and viruses inside their facilities.
Viruses spread when you touch a contaminated surface or object and then touch sensitive entrees to the body with unwashed hands (such as eyes, nose, and mouth). Other people may also cough or sneeze into their hands and then shake your hand, prepare food for you, or touch a surface which then becomes contaminated too. Hand washing is vital for creating a safe and sanitary environment.
How many times a day do you really need to wash your hands? We have all the answers.
Each person has a different schedule, and so it is hard to name a specific number of times one must wash their hands. It is recommended to wash your hands before touching your face and after touching communal surfaces such as railings, elevator buttons and so on. According to the CDC, there are key times in which it’s important to remember to wash your hands.
Some of these times are before, during and after preparing food and before consuming food as well. When eating, we are more vulnerable to germs entering our system through our mouths and so we must ensure clean hands before handling food in any way.
Another key time to wash your hands is before and after caring for someone who is sick. Clean hands are a measure of protection in the battle against disease spreading. It is also important to wash your hands before and after treating a cut or a wound, in order to not infect the injury.
Although it goes without saying, after using the toilet it is crucial to wash your hands. Bodily fluids can contain viruses and germs and it is imperative to clean your hands after potential exposure. It is also important to wash your hands properly after changing diapers.
In order to not spread the disease to others, after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose it is recommended to wash your hands. That way you won’t infect communal surfaces by touching them. Cats can contract COVID-19, and different animals can also be carriers to other types of diseases. Because of that, it is important to wash your hands after handling animals, animal feed, animal waste, as well as after handling pet food or pet treats.
Lastly, after handling garbage it is recommended to wash your hands thoroughly. Garbage can ferment at room temperature, leading to the formation of dangerous germs. Washing your hands can help eliminate the risk of carrying those germs with you.
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