Hand washing is an important and effective way to prevent the spread of infections. Hand hygiene reduces the spread of intestinal infections by 31% and the transmission of respiratory infections by 21%. Infection is often transmitted by accident, by touching another person. We are constantly touching something with our hands. By touching contaminated objects or surfaces, and then touching the face (mouth, eyes and nose), we transfer microorganisms invisible to the eye, putting ourselves at risk of infection. Hand hygiene will help to avoid the spread of infections such as SARS, influenza, norovirus infection, staphylococcal infection, hepatitis A, giardiasis, dysentery, helminth diseases and other infections.
Washing your hands correctly means using soap, rubbing your hands with soap and water for a certain time (at least 20 seconds), and rinsing them under running water.
Washing your hands without soap is ineffective. It is important to use soap and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. By following these simple rules, we can protect ourselves and the people around us from diseases. Let's not forget the importance of hand washing, especially in this period when we are fighting the pandemic.