The 5 times you must wash your hands
by Ishitaa Sachdeva on September 08, 2020
Cleanliness is the key
We cannot emphasize enough on the importance of washing your hands during the COVID 19 pandemic and all other times.
The unfathomable contribution of this simple practice can make a world of
difference in our day to lifestyles and health. It is one of the best ways to protect ourselves and our families from falling prey to these fatal diseases.
To know when we should wash our hands, we must first get to know about how germs and spread and transmit. Human beings are the easiest way for germs to get transported from one place to another.
They not only get transported through us but also grow within us, once we come in their contact. Scientific researchers have proved that there are ways more germs on our dominant hand than on the other hand.
Which means if you are touching a contaminated surface with our right hand, and then eating with the same hand without washing it, you are putting your life in grave peril?
It is also interesting to understand that most of the germs in our hands reside on our fingertips, and underneath our nails, which makes washing them well with soap and water even more urgent. Germs that get transmitted through our hands include the ones that cause respiratory or gastrointestinal diseases, which directly affect our immunity system.
Here’s a list of situations where we should necessarily wash our hands.
1) Before and after cooking a meal or eating a meal. By cooking our consuming meals with unclean hands, we are providing the germs and pathogens with easy access to our immunity system. And by making food with germy hands, we are risking the safety of everybody else who is going to consume the meal.
2) Immediately after coming back from outside or touching unclean and contaminated surfaces.
3) After touching or disposing of garbage, touching a patient suffering from flu or any other communicable diseases.
4) Before and after changing diapers and sanitary napkins, or before touching and feeding babies.
5) After coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose. And most importantly, before touching our mouth, nose, and eyes. These are our sense organs and are very sensitive. Germs tend to enter our bodies not only through our mouths but also through our eyes and nose.
By remembering to wash our hands before and after the mentioned situations, we can do our part to flatten the curve, as individuals and as communities on a larger scale.