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How Washing Your Hands Could Save Lives

Washing your hands could save thousands of lives

How washing your hands could save lives

One of the best aspects of online casinos is that the only contact you will have is between you and your computer, phone or tablet, you could even say that online gambling is already preventing you for getting infected with any kind of disease, but let’s forget about online casinos for a minute and let’s just think about the washing your hands part. Have you ever thought that just by washing your hands on a proper and frequent basis you could save lives?

If you haven’t, just think it for a second, how would a 30-second handwash help you save lives? The answer is very simple and this idea of a more hygienic world in terms of handwashing is not due to the recent virus that is striking our world, in fact, the World Health Organization created on May 5th of 2017 the “Save lives: clean your hands” campaign, this campaign was directed to health workers in order to improve their health measures and to fight the antibiotic resistance.

According to the World Health Organization at who.int, each year hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by healthcare-associated infections, and, the worst part is that these healthcare-associated infections can be easily prevented through good hand hygiene, in other words, “cleaning your hands at the right time and in the right way”.

But when and how is the time to wash your hands? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on an article published on the website cdc.gov/handwashing/ there are key moments where handwashing becomes detrimental to reduce the risk of any kind of germs spreading or germ infection

These “key moments” according to the CDC are: before, during and after preparing food, before eating food, before and after caring for someone who is sick with vomit 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 and after touching garbage.

Of course, during the recent COVID-19 pandemic the CDC also recommends cleaning your hands after you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, and before touching your eyes, nose or mouth because that’s how germs enter the body.

Washing your hands is one of the best ways to fight viruses and bacterias

The science behind washing your hands

In the same article published by the CDC at cdc.gov/handwashing/, there are scientific facts behind why cleaning your hands is better to prevent any germ infection as “keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others”. CDC recommends washing your hands in a very simple 5 steps method, these steps with their scientific validation are the following:

“Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.”

The reason behind this step is that hands could become recontaminated if placed in a basin of standing water that has been contaminated; however, washing your hands with non-potable water (only when it is necessary) may still improve health. Additionally, using soap to wash hands is more effective than using water alone.

“Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.”

According to the CDC studies, lathering and scrubbing your hands creates friction, which helps lift dirt, grease, and microbes from skin. Microbes are present on all surfaces of the hand; they even appear in a high concentration under the nails.

“Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.”

Even if cleaning times are hard to determine (as they can vary depending on the amounts of soil in the hands) the evidence from several studies suggests that washing hands for about 15-30 seconds removes more germs from hands than washing for shorter periods. About the time period, many countries and global organizations have adopted recommendations to wash hands for about 20 seconds minimum, some of them also recommend an additional 20-30 seconds for drying.

“Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.”

As soap and friction, help lift dirt, grease, and microbes, rinsing the soap away also minimizes skin irritation, in order to prevent re-contaminations if hands are rinsed in a basin of standing water that has been contaminated through previous use, clean running water should be used instead. 

Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Germs can be transferred more easily to and from wet hands; in order to prevent any germ contamination or germ spreading, hands must be dried after washing. According to recent studies, the best way to dry your hands is by using a clean towel or an air dryer.

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