Hand hygiene – A complete guide
The unprecedented pandemic has left us all panicked, confused, shocked and for some in dismay. The greatest defence we now have is to safeguard ourselves and prevent the chances of being infected.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for hand hygiene clearly states every instance that needs hand sanitizing before, after and during activities.
Times to keep hand sanitizing in mind
While at home
- Prior to cooking, during and after.
- Prior to eating food
- While taking care of someone sick with vomiting and diarrhoea
- Prior to and after treating an open cut or wound
- Post toilet usage
- Changing diapers and cleaning a child who had just used a bathroom needs a immediate sanitization
- If you have blown your nose, coughed, or sneezed
- After touching pets
- After touching garbage
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using sanitizers that have more than 60% alcohol. Before you satisfy the itch in your face, nose or rubbing your eyes, consider the above pointers and make sure you have sanitized your hands before doing so.
While going out
While stepping out of your house be sure to carry a sanitizer along with you. This is applicable especially while going out for shopping. The store shelves harbour a lot of germs. While checking out at the cash counter, be sure to sanitize your hands.
Hand hygiene is extremely important as the skin in your hands acts as the protective barrier and are the first-line warriors against disease causing virus and bacteria. It is a common belief that hand sanitizers leave your hands rough and cracked. But Smartsan hand sanitizers have an efficient formulation that is tough against germs and gentle on your hands.
The perfect way to use a hand sanitizer
– Apply a coin sized amount to your hands, enough to wet it completely
– Rub briskly to apply the sanitizer thoroughly in your entire hands including finger tips, thumb, and in between your fingers
– The entire process takes at least 15-20 seconds, a good formulation like Smartsan sanitizer wipes out germs up to 99.9%.
Myths about hand sanitizers debunked
Hand sanitizers leads to antibiotic resistance
Only ingestion of antibiotics frequently leads to antibiotic resistance. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer acts only on the skin and does not lead to antibiotic resistance. Moreover, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a study has stated that the primary cause of antibiotic resistance overuse of antibiotics.
Hand sanitizers will lead ‘super germs’
‘Super germs’ are the ones that have formed a resistance. Hand sanitizers clearly do not lead to creation of ‘super germs’ as there is nothing left behind to form resistance. The hand sanitizer works by eradicating the cell membrane and denaturing the protein.
All germs are the same
The skin on the hand is host to several germs including the good ones that live on the surface of your skin. A good hand sanitizer does not affect the normal microflora existing in your skin.The good germs are not killed while using the Smartsan hand sanitizer.
All hand sanitizers are the same
The efficacy of the hand sanitizer is based on the formulation. The alcohol content and the alcohol used to hand sanitizer greatly affects the performance. The Smartsan hand sanitizer provides maximum protection with its effective formulation that acts against the disease causing microbes.
Thus by choosing the best hand sanitizers, you ensure that you’re safeguarded from the virus and bacteria lurking in several spots around you. Smartsan hand sanitizers provides you with a wide range of packaging in several forms including gels, sprays, wipes and sachets. Choose the best form that suits your needs and stay protected!