Steps To Wash Hands Properly To Prevent COVID-19
Going by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) and other authorized health body guidelines, the most effective way to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading is washing the hands frequently.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), an entire community can be protected from the virus with hand washing. If you keep your hands clean, the germs can stop from spreading from one person to another.
The WHO has posted a video that shows how to wash the hands the right way to keep it clean. However, it doesn’t take into consideration another crisis which is wastage of water.
We have suggested a way to wash the hands by taking into account the problem of water wastage. Here’s what you can do.
11 Steps To Wash Hands Properly Without Wasting Water
- With clean, running water wet the hands.
- Turn off the tap to save water and apply soap throughout the hand.
- Rub hands palm to palm, right palm over left with interlaced fingers and vice versa.
- Palm to palm with fingers interlaced
- Then back of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked
- Rubbing of the left thumb clasped in the right palm in rotational motion and vice versa.
- Backward and forward with clasped fingers of the right hand in left palm and vice versa.
- Open the faucet with your wrist.
- Rinse hands thoroughly with water.
- Use your wrist again to turn off the faucet.
- Dab your hands dry with a tissue.
While scrubbing your hands, sing “Happy Birthday” from beginning to end twice which lasts for over 20 seconds. This way your children will also find washing hands fun.
When to wash hands?
You should keep your hands clean or sanitized regularly during such a stage of pandemic. However, it is important that you wash the hands, especially in the following situations-
- Before prepping for making food and eating
This includes before, during, and after preparing or cooking food, especially after touching raw chicken, eggs, meat or fish. Wash hands before eating also.
- Personal care including touching intimate areas and first aid
-After using a toilet- both at home or public restroom
-Changing a baby’s diaper
-Before touching contact lenses
-After blowing the nose or coughing
-Before taking any medicines
-After Sexual or intimate activity
-Before tending to a burn or any wound
- After visiting public places and touching frequently-touched objects
-After traveling with public transportation
-After touching railings of buses and subways
-After touching money or receipts
-When you can see your hands have become dirty or if you touched something visibly dirty
- After visiting hospitals and other similar places
Unless it is an absolute emergency, avoid going to the health centers or hospitals. You might not be able to figure out who all are carrying the virus. Hence, wash the hands properly before and after visiting the doctor’s clinic, hospital, nursing home or any other type of medical center. After taking care of a sick person also wash your hands thoroughly.
- After pet care
Although the research is still underway if animals can transmit the infection or not, it is best to avoid any risk. After feeding your pet or walking your dog or handling animal waste, wash the hands thoroughly.
Use Hand Sanitizer When You are Unable To Find A Soap or Water
If you are unable to get hold of soap and water, especially while traveling, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% of alcohol. Check the manufacturer’s label to see the percentage of alcohol in the sanitizer.
How to use the hand sanitizer properly to kill germs?
- Take the gel product on the palm of one hand
- Rub the hands together and rub the gel over all the surfaces of the hands including the fingers.
- Rub until the hands become dry.
However, the CDC adds that all sanitizers may not be effective and cannot get rid of all types of germs. Make sure that the alcohol-based sanitizer does not go inside the mouth or it will cause alcohol poisoning.
Why washing hands with soap is necessary?
The coronavirus spreads through person-to-person contact. It is through touching hands that people are exposed to this virus. Hence, washing hands regularly with soap becomes essential.
When you wash a greasy utensil with water, it doesn’t clean properly. The same thing happens with the novel coronavirus.
The coronavirus has spikes all over it. Beneath this, its outer layer is made of fats. Hence, washing the hands only with water isn’t sufficient.
Owing to the chemical composition of the soap, the head of a soap molecule binds with water while the tail of the soap molecule combines with oil and fat. Eventually, it tears apart the virus and expels everything in the eater.
Here’s a video that explains why it is important to wash the hands regularly.
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