Hand washing – APL Health
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Hand washing

We’ve all seen that one person who comes out of the bathroom without washing their hands and thought ‘ergh!’ but do we really know what the true consequences of this are?

The fact of the matter is ‘clean hands save lives’ as it prevents the spread of germs and infections from person to person. We’ve all been told from a young age ‘don’t touch that, get your fingers out of your mouth, go and wash your hands they’re filthy!’ and yet some of us still fail to keep our mitts clean.

Our hands are the most common reason that germs spread. Germs are often harmless but they can spread things such as colds, tummy bugs and infection.

The best way to wash your hands is with soap and warm water. However, alcohol gel can be just as effective if the correct amount is applied.

Educational settings provide a perfect environment in which to communicate with children about the importance of personal hygiene and encourage them to share handwashing-promotion messages with their friends and family.

Every year, millions of school days are lost due to illness. It is estimated that a great number of these days could be reduced if children washed their hands regularly and efficiently.

Recent studies have shown that hand washing is by far the best way to prevent the spread of many illnesses.  Good hand hygiene in children will help to prevent the spread of germs that cause common illnesses, from home to school and back again.