The flu virus can live on the door handle or light switch for up to 18 hours
– there are Finnish microbes under the nail
– the European population is living under the ring
– the world’s population is infected
Good hand hygiene is the cheapest and easiest way to prevent various infections.
When do I need to wash my hands?
– It is good to wash your hands every time you start eating or cooking, if you have coughed, sneezed, stung or smoked. You should also wash your hands if you have changed diapers for your baby, stroked your pet, or taken out your trash bag.
“In general, whenever you’ve touched something where your hands may get dirty,” says Superintendent Taina Niskanen of the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira.
Hand wash properly
The hands naturally contain microbes that are part of the normal flora of the hands. However, some microbes are bacteria that cause diseases. About half of people carry, for example, the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause food poisoning in certain types. Careful hand hygiene can prevent infection.
When washing your hands properly, keep in mind the following:
– When you start to wash your hands, first roll up the sleeves so that there is room to wash your wrists as well. Take the clock, the jewelry and the rings off. Then, drain the suitably warm water and irrigate your hands and remove the soap from the dispenser as the soaps are not very hygienic. Let the water drain, soap the foam, and start washing so that your fingertips, thumbs and fingers and the outer edges of your hands are well washed, Taina Niskanen emphasizes.
Sufficient time should be allowed for washing, preferably up to 10-15 seconds. According to Niskanen, between the middle finger and the anonymity and the thumbs, and, surprisingly, the fingertips and the middle of the hands are also the worst for washing.
– Wash hands thoroughly after washing. Dry your hands preferably with disposable towels. A clean cloth can be used at home. It is best not to touch the dirty faucet with clean hands, so if the faucet does not close automatically, it is best to close the faucet – at least outside the home – with paper.
Keep your hands in order
Good hand hygiene goes beyond washing your hands. It is a good idea to try to keep the skin of your hands intact and prevent your hands from drying out.
– Nails are kept short and nail strips are intact, because long nails and structured nails easily collect bacteria. Especially in work where hand hygiene needs to be carefully followed, they are generally not recommended, recalls Senior Inspector Niskanen.
Remember proper hand hygieneHand washing is the best way to prevent infections. In particular, diarrheal diseases are transmitted by hand. Even half of the viral food poisoning epidemics – such as the salmonella epidemic – could be avoided by thoroughly washing hands before or during food preparation.
Some occupations, such as food processing, health centers, and hospitals, require very careful hand hygiene. In this case, in addition to thorough hand washing, disinfectants must also be used. Studies in kindergartens have shown that almost all infectious diseases can be reduced by carefully washing hands and staff. In addition, staff are advised to use disinfectants.
– Even when the water quality may be suspicious, for example when traveling or in different epidemics, the use of hand gloves is recommended. But in everyday life, you can do very well with thorough hand washing