Critical times for hand-washing
There are five critical times for hand-washing with soap that authorities and institutions, like WHO, recommend. These are washing hands when they are visibly dirty, washing hands after visiting the toilet, washing hands before eating, washing hands before preparing food and washing hands before entering and leaving a building such as a school, or a hospital.
Frequently asked questions
Do I always need to use soap when practicing handwashing?
Yes, soap is key to effective handwashing as it washes away the dirt and diseases that you might have been in touch with. If you can’t access soap, you can use ashes.
What do I do if I don't have soap and water around?
If you need to wash your hands but you don't have access to water and soap you can either use hand sanitizer or ashes.
How should I wash my hands?
According to WHO, you should wet your hands with water, then apply enough soap to cover all hand surface, then rub hands palm to palm, then right palm over the left dorsum with interlaced fingers and vice versa, then palm to palm with fingers interlaced, then back of fingers of opposing palms with fingers interlocked, then rotational rubbing of left thumb in the right hand and vice versa, then rotational rubbing backwards and forward with clasped fingers, then rinse hands with water, then dry throughout with single-use towel and finally use the towel to turn off the tap.
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