Lack of hand cleanliness is the second-biggest killer of children under five. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), however, 80% of diseases can be prevented with good hand sanitization.
Germs generally spread when people:
- Touch the face with unwashed hands.
- Prepare food or drink with unwashed hands.
- Touch contaminated surfaces.
- Blow their nose, cough or sneeze into the hands and then come into contact with other people or common surfaces.
The hands are the common denominator here. In this way, making sure that the hands are clean can help keep communities healthy and limit the spread of infection.
So there is enormous value in keeping the hands clean.
Sanitizing the hands is easy. It’s also one of the most effective ways to prevent germs from spreading.
Clean hands can keep infection at bay in the home, in the workplace, in schools and in entire communities. To wash the hands properly, the CDC recommends following these steps:
- Wet the hands with clean, running water.
- Turn off the tap, add soap and rub the hands together. Make sure to lather the backs of the hands, between the fingers and beneath the fingernails.
- Scrub the hands for 20 seconds or longer. You can either count, or hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- Rinse the hands in clean, running water before drying them.