Why is Proper Handwashing Important for Health?

In the past couple of weeks, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, we have been constantly hearing about the importance of washing our hands before eating or touching our face or eyes. Sure enough, you have seen that poster of the right handwashing technique somewhere or the other in the last few days and even pointed it out to your young one to follow. And, while there is no denying the fact that washing hands properly is an important step in preventing the outbreak of coronavirus, it is not the only reason why we need to wash our hands.

Washing the hands with water and liquid soap, for a duration of thirty to forty seconds, has always been important for good health, both for the children and the adults. We, at Lotus Valley International School, positioned among the top 5 schools in Noida, believe that it is time we educate ourselves and our children about the significance of handwashing so that we never forget the lesson even when the threat of the pandemic goes away. So, in this article today, let’s find out why proper handwashing is important for health.

The most effective way to prevent the spread of infections

Washing your hands with soap removes germs from the hands, and that prevents the spread of infections in multiple ways. For instance, most of the common eye infections occur because the bacteria get into the eyes from our hands. Of course, the best thing would be to avoid touching our eyes completely, but that mostly happens involuntarily. So, the next best thing would be to control what we can, which is to keep our hands clean. Common eye infections like Stye, Keratitis, and Conjunctivitis, can occur as a result of direct contact with different germs that transfer from the hands to the eyes. Hence, and washing is a must.

Reducing the bacterial content on the hands

Bacteria are known to remain on the hands for days, if left unwashed. This means that when you do not wash the hands and expect the bacteria to die a natural death, it just does not happen! The bacteria will not just stay on the hands, but it will rather make its way into your body through the mouth, nose, or eyes, thereby causing infections.

Besides, it’s not like you can wash your hands once in the morning and then go about your day touching everything, eating, and so on, just because you have already washed your hands. That paper bill you touched has enough bacteria to get you infected, and so does the smartphone screen. Thus, it is important that you wash your hands before eating or touching your face in order to not let that bacteria stay and thrive on your hands.

Unwashed hands lead to a transfer of germs

Germs from the unwashed hands get easily transferred to other objects, such as toys, table tops, handrails, and finally, on to the hands of the other person. By now, we have all read about the fact that coronavirus can spread by simply touching the infected person, or by touching the things that he or she has touched, but it is not the only disease that spreads this way. Removing germs from washing the hands properly can help in eliminating the chances of multiple diseases, like respiratory tract infections, diarrhea, and even some of the severe skin infections.

So, let us all come forward to pledge more healthy habits in our young ones so that no disease and infection can halt their development. We would urge all parents to teach children about the importance of handwashing, just as we spread the message in class. Tell them that it does not have to be an antibacterial soap, but can be any soap. All that matters is that the technique is right and the handsare thoroughly cleaned.

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