Do you know why it is so important to wash your hands well every time you eat? Discover not only the reasons, but also how to wash them properly and correctly.
Surely you still remember when your mother or grandmother ‘demanded’ you to wash your hands every time you went to eat, regardless of whether you went for lunch or a snack (or even to eat a simple snack). And the truth is that they did it for good reason: do you know the number of germs that come into contact with our hands when we have them dirty? We do not necessarily have to see them black as coal; it is enough to touch a contaminated surface (for example through the bodily fluids of a sick person, flu or cold) for these germs to swarm freely.
The result is more than evident: when we do not wash our hands regularly, especially before taking a certain food with our hands and putting it in our mouths, we will be increasing the risk of suffering from a good number of diseases, among which the cold stands out. Common, flu, infectious diarrhea, hepatitis A and bronchiolitis.
Why is it important to wash our hands well?
We must bear in mind that with our hands we take and touch everything. Let’s take an example. We find ourselves in a bookstore buying a book, and while we find the one that most catches our attention, we tend to take one liter after another in order to read its summary. We don’t like it, and we put it back on the shelf.
So far so good, especially if we take into account how wonderful -and recommended- reading is. But, what if before taking it, it has passed through the hands of a person with a cold who has sneezed on them? Its germs have remained on the book flaps, and from there they have finally passed to our hands.
Now we go to the register, we buy the book and suddenly we feel like having a snack in the cafeteria next to the bookstore. We order tea and a slice of apple pie, which we eat with our hands. If we had washed them properly, we would have avoided contagion with these germs. But since we have not done so, we have increased the risk of getting infected and finding colds within 7 days (which is the approximate incubation period for this type of virus).
Are you now aware of why it is very important to wash your hands, especially every time you go to eat?
How to wash your hands well, correctly:
First of all, you must be patient and know that, for hand washing to be effective, it is convenient to carry it out for at least 20 seconds. Here we explain the most appropriate steps:
- Wash your hands with hot water. It is the best way to eliminate germs from our hands, since they ‘die’ when they come into contact with hot water. Of course, it is essential that it is not so hot so that you do not burn yourself.
- Use soap. Apply it to your hands and rub them together vigorously for 20 seconds. Pay special attention to the area under the nails (where germs love to live), and the area between the fingers.
- Rinse your hands well and finish with a little more hot water.
- To finish, dry your hands well with the help of a clean and dry cloth, a napkin or a towel.
As simple as simple, don’t you think? Remember that hand washing is our first line of defense against the spread of infectious diseases, especially in the fall and winter seasons. Therefore, what better than doing it for just 1 minute?