Soap is one of the best weapons we have to protect ourselves since Covid-19 is covered in a layer of grease that can be degraded by the chemical structure of the cleaner.
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In this coronavirus pandemic, people are rushing to stores to buy whatever disinfectant they can find in hopes of avoiding a Covid-19 infection. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) insist that one of the best precautions we can take in the face of this outbreak is to simply wash your hands constantly for at least 20 seconds.
Here are some basic questions about the impact of washing your hands against the coronavirus .
Why does hand washing help us?
According to the WHO , soap is one of the best weapons we have to protect ourselves since the CORONA virus is covered with a layer of fat that can be degraded by the chemical structure of the cleaner. This leaves the virus core exposed and neutralizes it.
When should we wash our hands
According to the CDC, there are key times when you are more likely to contract and spread microbes:
- Before, during and after preparing food
- Before eating
- Before and after caring for someone in your home who is vomiting or has diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After going to the bathroom
- After changing diapers or cleaning a child who has gone to the bathroom
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal feces
- After handling pet food or treats
- After touching the trash
In this video from the YouTube channel The Children's Guide explains how to do an experiment with black pepper so that the little ones in the house understand the importance of washing their hands:
How to wash your hands well in 5 steps
The WHO notes that having clean hands can stop the spread of microbes from one person to another and throughout the community. Here's how you can do it quickly:
- Wet your hands with clean cold or lukewarm running water.
- Turn off the faucet and lather up halfway down your forearm.
- Rub your hands together until you foam and carve the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
- Carve your hands for at least 20 seconds. A good way to measure time is to sing “Happy Birthday” from start to finish. In this WHO video that explains how to get it right:
5. Rinse with clean running water.
You can use disinfectants like antibacterial gel when you don't have access to soap and water, but nothing will be as effective as simply washing your hands for 20 seconds.