Quality hand washing is one of the most important measures in the fight against the spread of the disease causing. Washing should be done thoroughly, last at least 20 seconds, and treat every surface of the hands to make sure no virus particles are left on the skin that could make you sick.
When washing hands, some mistakes are often made that can endanger your he alth. This is who they are.
You don't wash your hands long enough
According to the advice of the World He alth Organization, washing hands and rubbing antibacterial soap into them should last at least 20 seconds.According to a University of Michigan study published in the Journal of Environmental He alth, 95% of bacteria and viruses are cleared from the skin with long enough exposure to the antibacterial agents you apply. Therefore, if you wash your hands very briefly, it does not remove the microorganisms from them.
You miss the folds and curves
On the hands and fingers there are many curves and folds that you probably pass by often. It is important to spread your hands well and rub the soap into all these folds to remove dirt and germs from them.
You are not drying the skin well
It is extremely important to dry your hands as well as possible after washing them. Allowing the skin to dry out on its own is a mistake that can lead to re-infection from the environment. Wet hands are a much better environment for microorganisms to adhere and multiply than dry hands.
Wash your hands only after using the toilet
Hands should be washed many times during the day and not only after using the toilet. In our daily life, we touch all kinds of dirty surfaces. Wash your hands regularly, and be sure to wash your hands before touching your face or eating.
Skip the soap and only use gel sanitizer
Don't rely solely on alcohol-based disinfectants. They are helpers in cases where you do not have access to water and soap. Their use is recommended as a last resort, but this does not mean that you should not wash your hands several times a day and before every meal and touching your face. Also, the alcohol in them can damage the skin and make it more accessible to viruses and bacteria.
You touch surfaces immediately after washing your hands
If you have washed your hands to eat, you should know that you should not touch anything other than your food. Washing does not give you long-lasting protection. If you touch a doorknob or some other potentially highly contaminated object in your home or outside, millions of microorganisms are automatically reintroduced onto your skin.
Do not rinse off the hard soap after each wash
Pathogens can also remain on your soap, especially in the residual lather after use. Therefore, it is very important to rinse the soap well after use and allow it to dry well without water remaining around it. For this purpose, place it on a pad that drains as well as possible.