Recent studies reveal that handwashing is the healthiest way to prevent a wide variety of respiratory and diarrhea illnesses as well as Hepatitis A. More precisely, people who wash their hands properly are three times less likely to get infected with any bacteria that might cause diarrhea illnesses.
Also, many cases of flu, colds, foodborne diseases, and norovirus will be avoided in the United States if people adopt a better hygiene management. With the occasion of the Global Handwashing Day, experts hope to raise awareness about the risks of improper handwashing.
Also, October 15th has been the celebration day for this event starting from 2008. Since then, families, teachers, and school children are encouraged to participate in this worldwide initiative.
The statistics have shown that most people wash their hands with water, but just a small percentage of them use soap. Instead, the soap is used for bathing or laundry.
Although running water and soap do not represent a problem across the United States, handwashing is a not a common habit.
According to CDC experts, clean running water is essential for a better hygiene compared with standing water that might have been contaminated by other bacteria. Cold water is usually recommended to wash your hands because the repeated use of warm water can lead to skin irritation.
Also, people should turn off the faucet after wetting their hands to save water. Plus, this method reduces the risks of transferring germs between the faucet and hands.
The combination between water and soap will lift microbes and soil from the skin while rubbing your hands together will remove more bacteria. Make sure to lather under your nails, between your fingers, and the backs of your hands as well.
It is worth mentioning that this should be done for minimum 20 seconds. Handwashing time-length is highly important because users you will remove more bacteria instead of washing their hands for a shorter period.
By rinsing your hands under running water, you will get rid of any grease, germs, and microbes from your skin, as you will also reduce the risks of skin irritation.
After handwashing, dry your palms with a clean towel or simply air dry them. This process is crucial because germs easily transfer from and to wet hands, so the drier your hands are, the better.
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