Global Handwashing Day: Water and regular soap work just fine for removing germs

On 15 October, we celebrate The Global Handwashing Day. This year, handwashing has become one of the crucial habits to help halt the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading wildly.

So, do people wash their hands as regularly as they should?

The reality is, many people don’t wash their hands as often as they should. And that’s a problem when it comes to bacteria and virus transmission, says Dr Mohamed Al Busafi of Royal Hospital and MBA candidate at GUtech. Then, he added that the Global Handwashing Day is a great time for people to consider their handwashing habits.

“If more people washed their hands often and thoroughly, fewer people would get sick.” Al Busafi said.

When should you wash your hands?

“Wash your hands anytime you touch something that could carry germs.” Al Busafi warned. Door handles and stairs banisters are a high carrier of germs as staff and students touch them throughout the day.

How should you wash your hands?

For a start, wet your hands and then apply soap, ideally liquid soap rather than bar soap, which can host germs, Al Busafi said.Scrub between your fingers for at least 20 seconds. Dry with a clean tissue and use it to close the tap then throw it in the bin.” He added.

What kinds of soap should you use?

Any regular soap works just fine for removing germs and cleaning your hands, Al Busafi explained. “You can also use alcohol-based sanitisers which should have at least 70% alcohol to replace soap. You can carry them in your pockets and make it a habit to use them whenever you touch a surface or get in touch with a probably contaminated object.” Al Busafi advised.

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