Washing our hands is a basic function that most people might do routinely and take for granted. Whether you’re washing your hands before a meal, after using the restroom or just to cleanse them of any dirt or grime, the very act of using warm water and soap is what stops the spread of diseases and this is a big deal.
October 15 is recognized as, “Global Handwashing Day,” and celebrates the importance of handwashing.
Since bacteria and germs can enter the body through the hands, eyes, and mouth, it’s critical that you scrub anything you might have touched and picked up from a contaminated surface away.
Handwashing is simple and affordable. The other issues are that not everyone has access to clean water and soap so it becomes an issue in these extreme conditions or limited communities in other parts of the world.
According to the CDC, teaching communities about the importance of handwashing and giving them tools for doing it right can reduce the number of people who get sick, call out from school and work and even reduce respiratory illnesses and issues with weakened immune systems.
Here are the top 3 times to remember to wash your hands:
- Before, during, and after preparing food.
- After using the toilet.
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If you’re worried that you will be somewhere without access to running water and want to have a sure way to maintain sanitary conditions, first aid supplies like antiseptic sprays, antibacterial gels, and even hand cleansing towelettes can all be used to clean your hands.
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