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World Hand Hygiene Day has been celebrated on 5 May since its creation in 2009 to raise awareness of the importance of hand hygiene in health care.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought global attention to hand cleanliness. Today we are all more familiar with the need to wash or sanitise our hands to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria – and as a result, prevent illness.
But do we fully understand what all the fuss is about? Connect Health & Community communications volunteer, Leesa, investigated the issue for us.
Our hands are highly exposed to germs, and our faces, enabling easy transmission of disease and illness if not kept clean. Every day, our hands are exposed to a range of different environments, including:
The germs (bacteria, viruses and parasites) in these environments can be transmitted to your hands, your mouth and to other objects or people.
When you should wash your hands?
You should wash your hands before and after the following :
You should you wash your hands after the following:
How do we spread germs?
Having poor hygiene will spread germs. For example:
Unwashed hands can quickly spread germs around a building via:
How to wash your hands
There are five steps washing your hands as the following:
For more information on how to wash your hands, visit https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/hand-washing
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