COVID 19: Why wash your hands?

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HANDS are one of the most common ways that the virus spreads from one person to the next. According to World Health Organization (WHO), one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important ways to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

  Here’s everything you need to know about how to wash your hands the right way:

  Do I need to use warm water to wash my hands?

  No, you can use any temperature of water to wash your hands. Cold water and warm water are equally effective at killing germs and viruses – as long as you use soap!

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Do I need to dry my hands with a towel?

Germs spread more easily from wet skin than from dry skin, so drying your hands completely is an important step. Paper towels or clean clothes are the most effective ways to remove germs without spreading them to other surfaces.

  Is it better to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer?

In general, both hands washing with soap and water and hand sanitizer when practiced or used correctly, are highly effective at killing most germs and pathogens. Hand sanitizer is often more convenient when you are outside of the home, but can be expensive or difficult to find in emergency situations. Also, alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills the coronavirus, but it does not kill all kinds of bacteria and viruses. For example, it is relatively ineffective against the norovirus and rotavirus.

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  What if I don’t have soap?

  Using chlorinated water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol are the best second options if you do not have soap and running water. In cases where these are not available, using soapy water or ash may help remove bacteria, though not as effectively. If these methods are used, it is important to wash your hands as soon as possible when you do have access to hand washing facilities, and avoid contact with people and surfaces in the meantime.

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