Remember Ebola? Yes? No? Well, I sure do and I still wash my hands as frequently as I can.
The cheapest, easiest, single best way to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands.
Dirty hands transmit germs. Washing your hands is the first line of defense against the spread of
infectious diseases. Germs: Viruses, Bacteria and Parasites are highly contagious and cause
infectious diseases. They could be spread through direct contact or are air-borne, but here’s the
most disgusting: germs could be transferred via faecal-oral route. Ewwww! When people eat
food or drink water contaminated with faeces.
Toddlers and infants are more susceptible to contagious diseases, as their bodies have not built up
resistance or immunity to them.
Pre-moistened towelettes, baby wipes or even hand sanitisers are not a substitute for proper hand
washing with soap and clean water.
Here’s what you need to know about proper hand washing:
• Always use clean water and an antibacterial or a mild soap.
• Wet your hands and apply a small amount of liquid soap. Rub hands together until a soapy lather appears. Wash and scrub between fingers, under fingernails the palms of the hands.
• Dry hands with a clean or even disposable towel. Turn the tap off using the towel or hand wipe as a barrier between your hands and the tap knob. Remember, dirty hands could have turned on the tap.
• Wash hands before eating or handling food, after using the toilet, after doing some dirty work or outdoor activities, or even handling pets.
• After using soap on hands, rinse hands under running water.
• Children should be taught to wash their hands immediately before and after eating, after using the toilet, after playing with pets or pet objects, after having some fun on the playground or whenever their hands are visibly dirty.
To make it easier, Children can be taught hand-washing games and songs. What do you think?
Do all these sound a bit like an obsession? Maybe, Maybe not. As you get used to the hand washing
routine, it comes naturally as swallowing your spit.
You can fight germs by simply washing your hands properly!