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Hand hygiene and you

What illnesses can be caused by not washing your hands?

Touching foods with unwashed hands can cause diarrhoea (in some cases severe abdominal cramps and vomiting)

Washing your hands can reduce your chances of getting diarrhoea by 40%.

Touching your face or someone else’s with unwashed hands can help spread germs that cause:

  • Pneumonia
  • The cold and flu

Washing your hands can help reduce the chances of getting the cold or flu by 20%.

The facts on germs and hand washing.

  • The most important times to wash your hands is before you make food and after using the toilet.
  • Less than 75% of women and 50% of men wash their hands after they’ve used the toilet.
  • Only 20% of people wash their hands before making food.
  • The recommended time for washing your hands is 20 seconds.
  • Most germs are on your fingertips and under your nails.

when to wash your hands

When to wash your hands:

  • Before and after making food.
  • Before eating.
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick.
  • Before and after cleaning a wound.
  • After using the toilet, cleaning diapers or cleaning a child that has used the toilet.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Touching any animal, their toys, leashes or poo.
  • After touching garbage.
  • After using public transport.

How to wash your hands with soap in 6 easy steps.

how to wash your hands step-1

Wet your hands with clean running water. The water can be cold or hot. Turn off the tap and apply hygiene soap to your hands.

how to wash your hands step-2

Foam your hands by rubbing them together.

how to wash your hands step-3

Make sure to wash the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.

how to wash your hands step-4

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

how to wash your hands step-5

Rinse your hands under clean, running water.

how to wash your hands step-6

Dry your hands with a clean towel or air-dry them.

Ref: J&J internal data

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