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Hand Hygiene & Why It's Important

Ritz Aguspina | October 12, 2023
Hand Hygiene & Why It's Important

How hands spread viruses 

COVID-19 is largely transmitted through interpersonal contact. A healthy individual may get the virus from contaminated droplets distributed by coughing or sneezing if they come into contact with an infected person. 

The tiny droplets that linger in the air after a cough or sneeze can rest on surfaces like countertops, tables, or even door knobs, contaminating them. You may get the virus if you contact your face after touching certain surfaces.

 

When to wash hands 

Hand hygiene is essential. These are the most crucial times before and after in which you should wash your hands. 

  • Whenever you come into contact with something that could be tainted
  • If you come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, you could become infected.
  • When you've finished using the restroom,
  • Before eating, as well as before, during, and after food preparation
  • When you've blown your nose, sneezed, or coughed.
  • Prior to and following the care of a sick person or a baby.

 

Why handwashing is best, then hand sanitiser.

One of the greatest methods to help prevent COVID-19 is to wash your hands properly with water and soap or a gentle non-soap based cleanser like QV Gentle Wash. Soap and non-soap based cleansers function by removing debris and pollutants from the skin, such as germs and viruses. Hand washing has a mechanical component as well; rubbing your hands together can help to lift pollutants from the skin.

In reality, the mechanical process of washing your hands is one of the main reasons why washing your hands with water and soap or a non-soap based cleanser is suggested. While hand sanitizers can kill bacteria and other pathogens, they can't remove dirt and grime from the hands. When you have the opportunity, wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap or a non-soap based cleaner for at least 20 seconds. When that isn't an option, keep a hand sanitizer like the Aqium hand sanitizer at easy reach. 

If you’re stuck on which cleansers, hand washed or sanitisers to purchase, platinum has a wide range on our online website.