Ten months into the pandemic, handwashing with cleaning soap and different public well being measures equivalent to sustaining bodily distance, practising cough etiquette and carrying a masks stay the most effective protection towards coronavirus, the World Well being Organisation stated.
International Handwashing Day is noticed on October 15 every year to lift consciousness and spotlight the significance of handwashing as an efficient technique of illness prevention. This 12 months it marks a important reminder for the world that this straightforward, cost-effective apply can save lives, WHO stated.
“Handwashing has all the time been one of the efficient methods of retaining ailments at bay. It’s a easy act that pays in dividends with regards to retaining ourselves wholesome and secure. Handwashing can also be one of many key cornerstones of COVID-19 prevention.
“Now greater than ever as we embrace the brand new regular and dwell with COVID-19, hand hygiene must turn into an integral a part of our each day routine and our lives as we dwell via this pandemic and past to guard us from ailments,” stated Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the regional director of WHO South-East Asia Area.
The world well being physique stated with COVID-19 transmission primarily spreading between individuals via direct, oblique — via contaminated objects or surfaces — or shut contact with contaminated individuals through mouth and nostril secretions, washing palms with cleaning soap and operating water is of important significance.
“To cease the unfold of COVID-19, together with different COVID acceptable behaviours, the apply of handwashing at common intervals is a should, after coughing or sneezing, when caring for the sick, after utilizing the bathroom, earlier than consuming, whereas making ready meals and after dealing with animals or animal waste.
Handwashing after touching frequent surfaces equivalent to doorknobs or handles, or after one comes again residence from visiting a public place will preserve ourselves and others round us secure,” it stated.