And remember to NOT wastewater while washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds
Let’s not waste water while washing hands. It takes 20 seconds to wash hands but that does not mean you let the water running for those 20 seconds. Since we were kids we have been washing our hands with soap. Casually we assume we know it all about washing hands but the stats suggest that 97% of us are wrong.
A study done in 2018 revealed that only 3% of us wash our hands correctly. The study monitored 383 participants. First, they were shown food safety and hygiene video. After the video, they cooked and prepared food. The results revealed that 97% of the participants did it wrong.
Washing hands is the most essential and easiest part of self-hygiene. Here’s WHO guideline: How to wash hands correctly.
Washing your hands properly takes about as long as singing “Happy Birthday” twice,
using the images below.
When should you wash your hands?
The Centre of Disease Control points out the key times when you are likely to contract and spread the germs.
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Scares of Covid 19 has spread across the globe. Countries have been locked down, airports are closed for international flights, schools and colleges are closed. Hence it is all the more important for us to encourage better personal hygiene.