Fight to stop the spread of viruses
Correct use of hand sanitisers essential in fight to stop the spread of viruses. It would have been difficult to miss the media coverage of a looming “Antibiotic Crisis” where growing resistance to commonly prescribed antibiotics has been cited as one of the biggest public health threats of our time with the potential to cause 80,000 deaths in the UK alone in the next twenty years.
Viral and bacterial infections are both spread in very similar ways. These include coughing and sneezing or by touching or shaking hands with an infected person or contact with an infected surface. Children touch their noses and mouths constantly then touch other objects leaving germs behind.
Many viruses travel through the air and are inhaled from someone who sneezes or coughs without covering their mouth. The differentiator between them is that viral infections do not respond to antibiotics.
Alongside this growing concern has been heightened awareness in the NHS and all public and private sector businesses together with general public of the importance of personal hygiene to prevent sickness and absenteeism.
Accordingly there has been a rise in the use of sanitation products to keep both yourself and those you are in contact with safe from the spread of viruses.
There are a number of products which provide hand sanitisation which kill germs and prevent the spread of viruses. However, as the use of these products grows in businesses and also in personal use by consumers, it is amazing how few people actually know how to use them effectively.
When soap and water aren’t available, nothing’s more effective than scrubbing hands clean of germs and bacteria with hand sanitiser. There is a general perception that you apply hand sanitiser to hands, give them a quick rub and suddenly 99.9 per cent of germs are gone.
However, proper application procedures are needed to ensure the products can do their job and cleanse hands of all microorganisms.
Applying hand sanitiser properly is simple but requires attention to detail.
One common error most of us make when using hand sanitiser is not applying enough. The proper amount of hand sanitiser to apply is an amount around the size of a pound coin.
Friction is the force that loosens and rinses away germs, so make sure to rub your hands together, covering all surfaces of both hands, including between your fingers and up around your fingertips and nails.
Rub hands together for 30 seconds to allow your hands to completely absorb the product and the hand sanitiser to completely dry.
Don’t touch food or anything until your hands are dry and then your hands should be completely clean and virus free.
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