Hygiene is a series of behaviors executed to maintain health and prevent the transmission of diseases from one person to another. Maintaining good hygiene improves overall wellness and quality of life. Many practices come under good hygiene maintenance, such as:
Why is cleaning hands important?
Hand washing is one of the simple habits that helps in protecting you and your loved one from many health conditions. Many germs get deposited in our fingernails, nail beds, or in-between our finger space during work. These germs proliferate and are ingested, which leads to many diseases. Numerous contagious diseases can spread from contact with an infected person, including gastrointestinal, respiratory infections, and COVID-19 infections. Appropriate handwashing with soap and water removes kills germs from our hands and prevents transmission of germs from one person to another.
Hand sanitizers kill the disease-causing pathogens and germs from our hands. The disease-causing pathogens can transmit from infected persons or from touching the infected surface when we accidentally contact our eyes, nose, and mouth with infected hands.
Proper handwashing technique
We can’t keep our hands free from disease-causing pathogens all the time, as we do a lot of activities and accumulate germs on our hands. Hand washing is one of the most potent ways to shield us from many infectious diseases. Following are proper steps for washing hands to avail maximum protection:
Hand sanitization technique with sanitizers
Hand sanitizers are becoming more popular for hand hygiene with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 infection. They are very convenient for keeping hands germ-free. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers (at least 60% of alcohol) can effectively kill the germs. You should follow proper steps to sanitize your hands, including:
Hand sanitizers come in handy in many situations, but handwashing with water and soap is more effective.
When to wash or sanitize your hands?
Practicing cleaning hands, either by washing with water and soap or using sanitizer, can help you and your loved ones stay healthy. Following are some advisable times when you should clean or sanitize your hands:
Benefits of hand hygiene maintenance
The crucial advantages of hand hygiene are:
Teaching your child about the benefits of handwashing and asking them to follow the process during childhood becomes a healthy habit in adulthood.
On this World Hand Hygiene Day, let’s value the importance of hand hygiene to improve health and keep many preventable infectious diseases at bay.
Dr. Gitali Bhagawati | Consultant and Head, Department of Microbiology and Infection Control | Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Delhi
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