5 May is World Hand Hygiene Day

Did you wash them?

Every year on May 5 we celebrate Hand Hygiene Day to encourage people around the world to increase adherence to good hand hygiene practices.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand hygiene is one of the most effective actions to reduce the spread of the virus.  Hand washing remains the number one preventative measure to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  However, it must be done correctly and with soap and water.  When soap and water are not available, the next best option is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Proper hand washing not only reduces the spread of COVID-19, it can prevent the spread of other illnesses such as cold and flu.

When do I need to wash my hands?

Hand washing throughout the day is important, but even more important during an outbreak.  Always remember to wash your hands in these situations:

  • After returning from a public outing (grocery store, work, school, concert, sporting activity, hospital, nursing home, etc.).
  • Before leaving the bathroom: both at home and in public bathrooms.
  • After physical hand contact during the flu season or a virus outbreak.
  • Before, during, and after preparing food, especially raw food.
  • Before eating food.
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick e.g. flu, vomits, diarrhoea.
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound.
  • After changing diapers or assisting a child who has used the toilet.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • After touching an animal, animal waste or bowls used by an animal for feeding.
  • After touching garbage.
  • After putting on your shoes.
  • After using public computers, touching public tables and countertops, cash and coins, other people’s phones, etc.

Washing hands saves lives. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water or hand sanitizer.

Download here a poster on “How to wash your hands” correctly.

For more information on COVID-19 visit the official SA Coronavirus website: www.sacoronavirus.co.za or contact the WhatsApp support line: Say “Hi” to 0600 123 456.