On World Hand Hygiene Day, Vikas Bagaria tells us why washing hands is not a choice anymore
Today is World Hand Hygiene Day and while you are already into the habit of washing your hands for 20 seconds ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, Vikas Bagaria, Founder, Pee Safe gives us more insight into the simple habit that acts as a defense in keeping the virus at bay.
Hands are like the transmission hubs for a number of disease-causing microbes such as bacteria and virus including Covid-19 he remarks. “When an infected person touches any surface or food, the germs get transferred and might enter the body of those who come into contact with these. Various food items in their raw form can also be conducive to germ growth and if attention is not given then such food can be harmful enough to land a person in the hospital. Not only this, unwashed hands of any infected person can transfer the germs to any surface or person that they touch including table or counter tops, gadgets, furniture, utensils, doorknobs, car door handles and handrails etc.”
Slight attention is enough to help you identify the times when hand washing is needed. For instance you should wash your hands…
- If they are dirty
- If you just visited the washroom
- If you are about to eat, serve or cook food
- If you just rolled in the dirt with your pet or simply patted any animal
- If you just returned home from outdoors
- If you are going to coming back after meeting a sick person
- If you just blew your nose, sneezed or coughed into your hands
- If you touched the garbage can/bag
- If you did anything and are about to touch your face
By frequently washing your hands with soap and water or rubbing them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, you can keep them germ free. This is easily your best protection from the Covid-19 virus as well as other virus and bacteria caused diseases such as SARS, MERS, flu, TB, diarrhea, Pneumonia and so on. Stay home, stay safe!