As the world battles to control the spread of COVID -19, maintaining good hand hygiene has become vital to control the spread of the virus. The World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as other local health organisations, recommend washing hands with clean water and soap and use of alcohol-based hand rub to keep the hands clean and control the spread of the virus by touch.
Washing hands often and long with clean water and soap in the main way to clean hands. However, if you do not have access to clean water and soap and if your hands are not visibly dirty, you can use an alcohol-based hand rub with over 60% of alcohol to clean your hands.
It is very important to clean hands with soap and water;
Hand sanitisers are freely available at public places and work settings to ensure cleanliness wherever we go. Use of an alcohol-based hand sanitiser or hand rub is an alternative to water and soap when your hands are not visibly dirty. Sanitisers are more effective if their alcohol percentage is at least 60%. However, sanitisers are not able to fight all types of germs away. It might not remove harmful chemicals such as pesticides and heavy metals.
How to use Hand sanitiser
It is also a best practice to make alcohol-based sanitisers available within public spaces, workplace and home. A pedal-operated hand sanitiser stands, or a touchless hand sanitiser dispensers with an automatic operation are the best method to store and dispense hand rubs as they reduce contamination through contact.
It is essential to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands and immediately clean your hands after coughs and sneezes. Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit or do not sneeze into the cupped hands. Throw used tissues in the trash and dispose of trash responsibly.
Maintain a clean pair of hands and a surrounding to control the spread of COVID 19.