Washing your hands properly with soap can prevent diseases. Are you doing it right

October 15 is the global Handwashing Day. This year’s theme is: “our hands, our future!”. The global Handwashing Day is initiated by the public private partnership for promoting handwashing with soap (ppphw), which calls on countries around the world to carry out handwashing with soap on October 15 every year. The purpose is to appeal to the whole world to strengthen health awareness through the simple but important action of “washing hands” to prevent the invasion of infectious diseases.

In general, infectious diarrhea, influenza, hand foot mouth disease, red eye disease and skin boils can be prevented by hand washing. Therefore, mastering correct hand washing methods and developing good hand washing habits are effective means to prevent hand infectious diseases.

A large number of studies have shown that washing hands with soap water can effectively remove oil and dirt on the skin surface, thus removing pathogenic microorganisms attached to the skin. Washing hands with soap is more effective than washing hands with water alone. But do you really wash your hands? Let’s study together.

definition of correct hand washing

1. Wash hands before eating, after going to the toilet, after finishing work / getting off work, after touching money, after going to the hospital / touching patients.

2. Wash hands with running water.

3. Wash hands with soap, soap, hand sanitizer and other cleaning products.

4. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds.

If the above four standards are met at the same time, it means washing hands correctly. In real life, many people fall into “misunderstanding” when washing their hands. Let’s take a look.

hand washing mistakes

1. Wash hands in a basin

At first glance, it is true to wash your hands with water, but the water in the basin has been stained when you wash your hands. If you wash your hands with dirty water, your hands are still dirty, and you can’t wash your hands either. There are even many people who share a basin of water to wash their hands, which makes the water more polluted.

2. Wash hands without soap

Although some people turn on the faucet and wash their hands with flowing water, they still can’t wash their hands clean without soap and hand sanitizer. At best, they can only symbolically “mean” a little, which alleviates their mind of being dirty, but it is far from solving the substantive problem.

3. Scrubbing time is too short

Some wash their hands with flowing water. Although they also use soap and hand sanitizer, they immediately wash off some foam after rubbing it out. Due to the short time of soaking and rubbing and the few times of washing, it still does not meet the basic requirements of scientific hand washing.

correct hand washing methods

1. The palms are opposite, the fingers are closed, and the palms are washed by rubbing each other.

2. Palm to back of hand, fingers crossed, rub each other along the finger seam to wash the back of hand.

3. Palms facing each other, hands crossed, rub each other to clean finger seams.

4. Use both hands to synthesize empty fists, rub each other and wash the back of fingers.

5. Hold the thumb of the other hand in one hand and rotate and rub it to clean the thumb.

6. Rub the tips of the five fingers of one hand together in the palm of the other hand, and wash the tips of the fingers.

7. Finally rinse your hands.

It should be noted that both hands should be alternately rubbed, and the whole rubbing time should not be less than 20 seconds. In addition, in the absence of hand washing equipment, hands can be disinfected with hand sanitizer containing 65-95% alcohol.

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