Washing your hands during a pandemic

As we surf our way through the CoVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the world, one of our main concerns is how to keep ourselves and our families safe from the virus, and, according to the CDC and a whole slew of other experts, the best way to do so is to wear a mask, not touch our faces, maintain social distancing, and the most important, constantly wash our hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.

How often should I wash my hands?

There is no set answer to this question, as people carry out different activities that would require handwashing. Even on a personal level, how often you wash your hands will necessarily vary day by day, depending on what you do, but the general rule of thumb is to do it whenever you perform any activity that may cause contamination, including:

  • When you return from any outing, whether it was to the grocery store, the gas station, visiting relatives, going to work, to the doctor’s office, etc. Any time you go out, no matter how long or what you touched, you should wash your hands thoroughly.
  • When you prepare food and before you eat.
  • After touching things other people may have touched, including keypads, countertops, cash, telephones, computers, etc.
  • After using the bathroom.
  • After caring for the sick.
  • After shaking hands with anybody.
  • When treating wounds.
  • When dealing with bodily waste.

The best way to figure out how often you should wash your hands is to use your common sense, but the more often you wash them, the least likely it will be for you to get sick.

What if soap and/or water are not available?

At times when soap or water is not readily available (such as in public areas), the best way to keep your hands clean until you are able to wash them is to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Simply pour a generous amount on hour hands and proceed to rub them together as if you were washing them. Don’t forget to include the back of your hands, your thumbs and between your fingers. For more information on handwashing and how you can keep yourself safe during the CoVID-19 pandemic, don’t hesitate to visit us at todaysmaidservices.com.