Handwashing a compelling device to forestall COVID-19, different ailments: WHO
- Post By : Kumar Jeetendra
- Source: PTI
- Date: 15 Oct,2020
Ten weeks into the pandemic, handwashing with soap and other public health measures like maintaining physical distance, practising cough etiquette and wearing a mask stay the best defence against coronavirus, the World Health Organisation said
Global Handwashing Day is observed on October 15 each year to increase awareness and emphasize the importance of handwashing as an effective method of disease prevention. This year it marks a critical reminder to the entire world that this simple, cost-effective practice can save lives, said the WHO.
“Handwashing has always been among the most effective methods for keeping diseases . It is a simple act that pays in dividends when it comes to keeping ourselves safe and healthy. Handwashing is also one of the key cornerstones of COVID-19 prevention.
“More than ever as we embrace the new normal and live with COVID-19, hand hygiene should become an essential part of our everyday routine and our lives as we live through this outbreak and outside to protect us from diseases,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the regional director of the WHO South-East Asia Region.
The world health body said with COVID-19 transmission mainly spreading between individuals through direct, indirect — through contaminated objects or surfaces — or close contact with infected individuals via nose and mouth secretions, washing hands with soap and running water was of crucial significance.
“To stop the spread of COVID-19, together with other COVID appropriate behaviours, the practice of handwashing at regular intervals is essential, after coughing or sneezing, when caring for the ill, after using the restroom, before eating, while preparing food and after handling animals or animal waste.
“Handwashing after touching common surfaces like doorknobs or handles, or after one comes back home from seeing a public place will keep ourselves and others around us safe,” it said.