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Wash your hands

Sets 6 April, 2019 Ana María López de Mesa

Wash your hands with soap and water after using the restroom or before intake of food, this protective action prevents propagation of disease and infection. 

Source World Health Organization

Daily higiene. Contact with other people, surfaces and objects along the day provides for accumulation of germs on your hands. A good hygiene reduces contagion of diseases such as diarrhea, intestinal parasitism and pneumonia as well as infection of the eyes. Incorporating this habit from childhood helps in the formation of more aware and trained in self-care youngsters and adults.

25 times an hour is the average number of times that people inadvertently touch their eyes, nose and mouth according to the United States Center for Control and Prevention of Disease.

Life habits. 20 seconds is the minimum time you must spend when wetting your hands with running water and using liquid, solid or powdered soap on your hands, scrubbing the palms with the palms and all the rest of the surface of the hands including the wrists and under the fingernails, rinsing and drying with a clean towel is the recommended washing routine. Alcohol-based disinfectants that do not require the use of water are an alternative when no water is available.

 80 % of the germs accumulated on your hands are eliminated by washing your hands according to the World Health Organization.

General wellbeing. Washing of the hands is fundamental before preparing your food, or eating, or dressing wounds, or caring for a sick person, placing your contact lenses, as well as after using the restroom, changing diapers and being with animals, blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing and manipulating residues. Other situations also merit this washing of the hands, nevertheless, only each person can determine this according to his or her daily activities.

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