Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a large family of viruses, that originated from China and has a varied set of both mild and severe symptoms, such as headache, cold, fever, multiple organ failure, and pneumonia. The virus, to date, has affected more that 50 countries across the world and up to 94,000 cases have been reported for the same.
No vaccine has yet been discovered to prevent or cure the novel coronavirus. However, many basic protective measures have been released by various credible platforms and sources such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations.
Step by Step Guide on How to Wash Hands
One of the most functional and important methods for preventing and protecting oneself from getting exposed to coronavirus is washing hands properly. As with other common germs, bacteria, and viruses, it is important to follow certain steps to wash your hands effectively and properly, which are:
- Use only clean, decontaminated, running water, free from any germs or dirt.
- Wet both the hands with water.
- After dampening the hands, put some alcohol based hand wash or soap on them.
- Work the soap into a lather.
- Lather the soap rigorously, between the fingers, under the nails, and at the back of the hands.
- Scrub both hands for at least 20 seconds, each.
- Rinse them with clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean hand towel, fresh, unused tissue or a hand dryer.
What Soap Should I Use?
To effectively remove germs from your hands, any alcohol based soap, hand wash, or anti- bacterial soap should be used. Hand wash is a great way to slow the spread of the virus. If water and soap is not at your disposal, hand sanitizer can also be used to disinfect your hands.
Should I Use a Air Dryer/Blower?
It is a myth that air dryers and blowers are effective in killing the coronavirus or the COVID-19. The more effective way to stop the spread of germs is to thoroughly wash your hands with an alcohol based soap or hand wash and later dry them using a clean towel, tissue, or a hand dryer.
How Often Should I Wash My Hands?
There are a few instances when people must wash their hands
- After coughing or sneezing.
- Before and after preparing food.
- Before and after consuming food.
- After using the washroom or any other public space.
- First thing when returning home.
- When looking after a sick person.
- After handling or touching animals.
The COVID-19 outbreak has been declared as a state of public health emergency, by the World Health Organisation. This reinforces the fact that this disease is an epidemic, which is on the verge of spreading to every nook and corner of the world. This makes it immensely important for people to follow a healthy and hygienic lifestyle by following all the essential steps required to help reduce the chances of getting predisposed to it.