Colds prevention: hands long enough to wash

15. October world hands washing day is. At exactly the right time, as regular and thorough hand protects washing from infections of the respiratory tract such as colds and flu, which particularly in autumn and Winter, many people suffer. It is particularly important to wash the hands long enough.

Many infectious diseases can be transmitted via the hands; when shaking hands or using shared objects, the pathogens can be passed easily from Hand to Hand. The unwashed hands then touch on the face, can pass the pathogen on the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, or eyes in the body and lead to an infection, warns the Federal centre for health education (BZgA).

Dr. med. Heidrun Thaiss, Director of the BZgA, explains: "To wash the hands regularly and thoroughly, can reduce the Transmission easily break, and the risk of infection significantly." For effective hand washing, it is important long enough for the hands to lather. Thaiss recommends, for 20 to 30 seconds to spend. "In everyday life, people don’t take often enough time. In our representative survey on the topic of Hygiene, half of the respondents indicated that they use for the Washing of the hands less than 20 seconds of time."

As protection against infectious diseases at the sink manages step-by-step, show the rules of thumb for the hand hygiene of the New pharmacies are Illustrated.


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