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Hand-Washing-Do's & Don'ts

FAQs on Hand Washing Techniques by Monojoy Dey

Prevention is better than cure, my dear friends. My purpose is to help you dispel misinformation about the corona virus and at the same time promote precautionary measures like frequent hand washing, wearing masks and keeping physical distance.

As responsible members of MCW family, we must take precaution-- not just for our sake, but for others as well. Since there is no current vaccine for the Novel Corona virus, staying informed is critical for preventing the spread of this disease.

1. Do I really need to wash my hands for 20 seconds?

Scientific studies show that you need to scrub for 20 seconds to remove harmful germs and chemicals from your hands. Make sure to scrub all areas of your hands, including your palms, backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your fingernails.

2. How does hand washing with soap and water remove germs and chemicals?

Lathering with soap and scrubbing your hands for 20 seconds is important to this process because these actions physically destroy germs and remove germs and chemicals from your skin. When you rinse your hands, you wash the germs and chemicals down the drain.

3. Should I use a paper towel to turn off the faucet after washing my hands?

Turning off the faucet after wetting your hands to reduce water use. Then, turn it on again after you have washed them for 20 seconds, to rinse off the soap. If you are concerned about getting germs on your hands after you wash them, you can use a paper towel, your elbow, or another hands-free way to turn off the faucet.

4. Is antibacterial soap better than plain soap?

Use plain soap and water to wash your hands. Studies have not found any added health benefit from using antibacterial soap.

5. What if I have water but no soap to wash my hands?

If you don’t have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Rubbing your hands under water will rinse some germs from your hands, even though it’s not as effective as washing with soap.

6. Which is better, hand sanitizer or hand washing?

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to remove all types of germs and chemicals. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

7. Is it necessary to dry our hands after washing with Soap & Water?

Yes, because wet hands are more likely to spread germs.

8 What are the key times to wash hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food

  • Before eating

  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

  • After using the toilet

  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

  • After handling pet food or pet treats

  • After touching garbage

  • If your hands are visibly dirty or greasy

9. How do hand sanitizers work differently than hand washing?

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers work by killing germs on your hands, while washing your hands with soap and water removes germs from your hands. Hand washing will remove all types of germs from your hands, but hand sanitizers are not able to kill all types of germs or remove harmful chemicals like pesticides and heavy metals.

Well, friends, these are some of the FAQs on Hand Washing Techniques. Let’s follow all guidelines on COVID-19 and keep ourselves, our families and our community safe and sound. Thanks for watching.

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