Wash your hands off all ills this Diwali

Brightly lit up roads, guilt-free dessert eating, and a festive vibe all around! What’s not to love about Diwali? The most awaited festival is just around the corner but along with it also comes the stress of cleaning your house to make it Diwali ready. But just a clean house wouldn’t help you get that auspicious and a healthy start to your new year. A pledge to be more careful about your health and inculcating a strong hygiene practice in your kids can actually help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe. But even as adults, we often tend to miss out or ignore the habitual practice of washing one’s hands before eating.

We tend to think that washing hands as adults is inconsequential, but your hands are a birth ground for germs to flourish. It can create an environment for innumerable diseases to spread around you and your loved ones. There are an estimated 1,500 bacteria per square centimetre of skin on your hand.

Washing hands is the best way to prevent bacteria related illnesses and other infectious diseases. As 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch, a regular habit of handwashing as a rule can help create a safe environment for you and your loved ones. Introduce a habit of washing hands as mandatory especially before or after these activities:

  • Before eating and cooking

  • After using the bathroom

  • After cleaning around the house

  • After touching animals, including family pets

  • Before and after attending to sick children or other family members.

  • After blowing one's nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • After being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)

  • After smoking

Also, remember to:

  • Cover cuts with bandages and wear gloves for added protection (cuts are very vulnerable to infections).

  • Artificial nails and chipped nail polish have been associated with an increase in the number of bacteria on the fingernails. Be sure to clean the nails properly.

  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Assume that contact with any human body fluids is infectious.

  • Liquid soap in disposable containers is best. If using a bar of soap, be sure to set it on a rack that allows water to drain or use small bars that can be changed frequently.

Most bacteria on our hands are on the fingertips and under the nails. It actually doubles in number after using the restroom. Thus, it is especially advisable to wash your hands after using restroom for 20 seconds.

You must not underestimate the power of hand washing! The few seconds you spend at the sink could save you trips to the doctor's clinic.

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