Author : Sharifah Sofia
With the current COVID-19 outbreak, hand sanitisers are becoming hard to come across as of late due to the panic buying and it’s happening across the globe.
However, it is said that we are over buying the wrong stuff to combat this pandemic. As much as we like to live at ease, many believe that using alcohol-based sanitisers as the best protection against virus’. This may not be the case.
According to the HSE, 30%-50% of infections that start in hospitals can be avoided by simply having clean hands to stop germs from spreading.
The CDC states that alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Studies have found that hand washing is more effective than hand sanitisers. They also do a better job of preserving the flora, or “good” bacteria, on your hands.
Your whole body is covered with bacteria, and if you remove those good bacteria, they can be replaced by other, potentially harmful, bacteria. Natural bacteria are there for a reason.
There are soooo many different types of cleaners out on the shelves for all sorts of things but a simple ‘soap and water’ happens to be the best cleaning agent and the strongest to fight any kinds of bacterial infections and even viruses like the one we are dealing with today – the COVID-19.
When you should wash your hands:
· Before and after handling food/eating
· After using the toilet
· After handling food waste
· After blowing your nose
· After sneezing
· After handling toxic or dangerous materials
Wash hands with soap to remove gems and dirt.
How to wash your hands:
Wash hands with enough soap and clean water
Scrub your palms
Scrub each and every finger and areas between them
Scrub your nails onto your palm
Scrub the back of your hands
Rinse your hands with clean water thoroughly
Dry your hands with a clean towel or hair dryer
As much as it may seem like common sense, some people still need to be taught. This is also good for families to always remind each other and may hand washing become a habit from now on. For parents or role models for younger children, lead by example. Remember, children learn from what they see.
Stay safe everyone, stay indoors and please obey the Restricted Movement Order. We are all involved in this and we are the ones who can stop it, together.
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