Washing your hands: A matter of hygiene Washing your hands: A matter of hygiene

Washing your hands: A matter of hygiene

Prevention 12 December, 2017 Maria Clara Restrepo E.


Not washing your hands properly exposes people to conditions such as diarrhea, parasites, pneumonia and eye infections.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), throughout the day, our hands collect microbes and chemical substances that are transmitted from person to person from shaking hands or touching or holding objects such as food.

The CDC estimates that people touch their eyes, nose and mouth as frequently as 25 times an hour, often without realizing it and allowing for these external microbes to enter the body.

Various health agencies, such as the Ministry of Health in Colombia, recommend washing your hands as a life-saving measure as it interrupts the chain of transmission of certain diseases.

According to the CDC, the general recommendation is to follow these steps:

  •          Wash your hands frequently.
  •          Wash them with water and soap. Dry them well.
  •          Use hygiene products that contain alcohol if you do not have access to water and soap.

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