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World Hand Hygiene Day 2020: Know How To Properly Wash Your Hands And The Many Health Benefits Associated With It

World Hand Hygiene Day: As it has been suggested by the World Health Organization, it is important to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. This is specifically important for preventing coronavirus and also curbing the spread of it.

World Hand Hygiene Day 2020: Know How To Properly Wash Your Hands And The Many Health Benefits Associated With It

Hand Hygiene Day: Regularly washing hands is important for safety of healthcare workers

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Wash your hands every time you step out for groceries
  2. Wash your hands before, after and during cooking
  3. Wash your hands regularly for preventing COVID-19

World Hand Hygiene Day is observed on May 5 across the world. The day is of sheer relevance this year as washing hands has been identified as one of the most effective preventive measures for COVID-19. Properly washing hands is also an effective way to remove and prevent the spread of germs to others. Every year, this day is observed in order to encourage people around the world to increase adherence to hand hygiene in healthcare facilities in order to protect healthcare workers from catching infections.

World Hand Hygiene Day 2020 theme is "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands". As it has been suggested by the World Health Organization, it is important to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. This is specifically important for preventing coronavirus and also curbing the spread of it.


World Hand Hygiene Day: How to properly wash your hands?

Follow these steps to properly wash your hands:

1. Wet your hands with clean and running water. Turn off the tap and apply soap.

2. Rub your hands with soap and lather well. Rub the back of your hands, in between your fingers and under your nails. Rub for at least 20 seconds.

3. Now open the tap and rinse your hands.

4. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.

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Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water to prevent catching COVID-19 and other infections
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Also read: 5 Surprising Health Conditions Your Hands Can Reveal!

What are the times when you must wash your hands?

  • After coming back from shopping groceries or stepping out
  • Before wearing a mask and after you discard it
  • After coughing or sneezing
  • When taking care of the sick
  • Before, during and after you prepare food
  • Before eating
  • After using the toilet
  • When your hands are dirty
  • After handling animals or animal waste

Also read: Coronavirus Prevention: 6 Mistakes You Need To Avoid When Wearing A Face Mask

World Hand Hygiene Day: Benefits of washing your hands regularly

1. Regularly washing your hands can reduce your risk of catching infections like cold and flu.

2. It can prevent eye infections that can be caused by bacteria and germs which get into eyes from hands.

3. Regular washing of hands is important to create a safer working environment for healthcare workers and patients.

4. Regularly washing hands helps in removing germs and bacteria that can cause diarrhoea and intestinal illnesses.

This World Hand Hygiene Day, let's pledge to regularly wash hands not just to prevent COVID-19, but also for our overall health and well-being.

Also read: 7 Reasons Why Your Hands Are Always Cold: Tips To Keep Them Warm

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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