America is five months into the COVID-19 Pandemic, by now, you should be practicing proper hand hygiene, retired the handshake (at least for now) and have the art of adequate disinfection near perfected. Most of us returned to work as stores and restaurants open, sports resumes, and gather in larger groups. These activities increase the chance of harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses like SARS-CoV-2 that cause COVID-19, taking up residence on your hands.
Hands down! When it comes to fighting the spread of illness, hand washing is the most important thing you can do to keep you and your family safe. It's a simple enough concept, but did you know there is a wrong way to do it? There’s no better time than the present to brush up on how and when to wash your hands.
Hand soap and hand sanitizer are often debated about which is the more effective option for people to use. According to nearly all studies found and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), using soap and water is the more effective option for people to use. Hand sanitizer serves its purpose, but more often, hand soap is the preferred option for people to use.
Washing your hands is an essential part of daily routines that can help to keep you safer from potentially harmful microorganisms. There are a wide range of problems that could arise if you do not frequently and adequately wash your hands throughout the day. You could be setting yourself up for various types of illnesses, could be putting other people around you at risk, as well as potentially leading to antibiotic resistance.
Washing your hands with soap and water is something many people may overlook throughout the day unless using a restroom or your hands are visibly dirty. Many things we will come in contact with are covered with all types of germs that could potentially be harmful to us and get us sick. Some of these are common sense that they would be covered with these germs, but we still choose to not wash our hands after using them oftentimes.
In our current age, hygiene and disease awareness is at an all-time high. People now know that germs can quickly spread if they aren’t adequately controlled. A large part of infection control comes from hand care, in the form of sanitization and cleaning. However, it still isn’t common knowledge to know when soap and water will suffice, or if a strong sanitizer, like Safetec’s Hand Sanitizer, will be needed.
Sometimes when you bring up concerns of hygiene, it may be taken as a criticism. This feeling can be the same amongst coworkers, family members, and everyone alike. If your hospital, care facility, or even your industry stays away from discussing hygiene issues - you could be letting the germs get a free pass.
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Think about all of the places that you are traveling to today. It may be your child's school, work, the gym, soccer practice, the grocery store. We can guarantee you, without a doubt that there are germs in each of those locations. These germs have a good chance of getting you sick if they get into your system. How can you stop the chain of infection from getting from the grocery cart handle to your mouth? You have to break the chain!