5 Frequently Asked Questions About Hand Hygiene

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Hand Hygiene

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Hand Hygiene

  • Posted by Jamie Pritchard
  • On October 16, 2020

Here are the top 5 frequently asked questions about hand hygiene. 

1) What is hand hygiene?

Hand washing is also called as hand hygiene. It is the act of cleaning one’s hands with soap and water to remove viruses/bacteria/microorganisms, dirt, grease, or other harmful and unwanted substances that get stuck to the hands.

2) How can we maintain good hand hygiene?

Washing your hands without soap won’t maintain proper hand hygiene. Washing your hands for 10 seconds won’t lead to proper hygiene. You need at least 25 seconds of lathering to properly wash your hands with soap which can maintain excellent hand hygiene. In situations where soap isn’t available, we strongly encourage the use of an alcohol-based sanitizer.

3) Why is it important?

We use our hands to complete almost every daily task that we have. If we maintain proper hand hygiene, we can reduce the chances of getting sick because we wouldn’t let germs get transferred from our hands to other surfaces.

4) How often should we wash our hands?

Timing is everything when it comes to washing hands. You should wash your hands before preparing food, eating, caring for a wound, and caring for someone who is ill. You should wash your hands after preparing food, coughing sneezing, blowing your nose, caring for a wound, changing a diaper, using the bathroom, handling garbage or taking out the trash, touching an animal, touching pet food, cleaning up pet waste, and caring for someone who is ill.

5) Can excessive hand-washing make you sick?

There is no clinical evidence that washing your hands too often can make you sick. The idea behind this theory is that you need exposure to bacteria to maintain a strong immune system.

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