How to wash your hands properly? A basic hygiene measure to decontaminate the skin, eliminate bacteria and prevent the transmission of germs, viruses and diseases.
Did you know that in our hands live more than 4,700 bacteria? Wash hands helps saves lives, and is a measure of hygiene as simple as washing hands with soap before eating and after going to the bathroom is the best way to prevent the spread of disease virus like influenza and infections caused by germs and bacteria such as diarrhea , meningitis, bronchiolitis or hepatitis A.
Every year 1.7 million children under 5 die from preventable diarrheal diseases. Washing hands, disinfecting or apply hand sanitizer could reduce 50% of child deaths from diarrhea, in addition to reducing a 23% respiratory infections such as pneumonia , first deadly cause in children of this age.
The skin of the hands is delicate, so excessive washing or use of irritating products can alter the health of the epidermis. Do not wash hands and sometimes excessive use a specific soap to take care of the skin, to reduce the risk of contact dermatitis irritating or other damage to the skin . Use gloves in housework and protects skin with hand cream .
Do you wash your hands properly? How much time do you spend? WHO recommends spend 40-60 seconds in each wash and the following steps.
In the gallery we see how washing hands with soap and water in 9 steps.