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The Impact of Effective Handwashing Against Infection

The best option is avoiding and stopping the spread of contagious diseases as there is no cure viral infections and COVID-19 isn't a simple virus. Nonetheless, the fundamental way to prevention of diseases is to be clever about it. One of the main ways of preventing this spread is by using proper handwashing methods with non-toxic products.

 

As everyone knows, washing your hands thoroughly helps eliminate harmful bacteria that may contaminate your direct environments.

Not only that, but washing your hands also prevents the spread of infection and decreases the chances of germs being transmitted to your internal systems when you touch your mouth, nose or eyes.

By utilizing the proper handwashing methods, you and others can decrease the number of individuals who get a diarrheal illness by at least 23% and you can contribute to decreasing respiratory infections by up to 21%.

To efficiently wash your hands, the best way is to use soap and running water, soap up and scrub for a minimum of 20 seconds. Also be sure to scrub your fingertips, under your fingernails and wash between your fingers.

You can ignore the hand dryer or cloth towels (these have more bacteria) and use a folded paper towel to increase absorbency and dry faster.

It is vital to find a balance between keeping your hands clean and scrubbing too much that you might damage the skin barrier. Washing your hands too repeatedly will damage the skin barrier and this can produce cracks in your skin that may allow germs / bacteria into your body.


Take into account adding some sort of moisturizer like coconut oil for your hands. The lauric acid in the coconut oil makes up 40% of the fat, and lauric acid is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties.

A couple of other things that will help prevent the spread of contagious diseases is to build a strong immune system. As we all known, supporting a healthy gut is crucial for a strong immune system, thus we should try our best to avoid having to much processed foods and sugar, instead we should be eating healthy foods high in vitamins / minerals and getting quality sleep.

References:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/03/21/proper-handwashing-techniques.aspx?v=1587385270