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Handwashing. Something more than a gesture

Handwashing. Something more than a gesture


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How many times do you wash your hands per day? one? two? none? I have to admit that sometimes, in the rush, I forget. And instead I scold my children if they don't. And that's when I realize my mistake, because my example can be vital. If they see me read, they will read. If they see me eat vegetables, they will taste them. If they see me wash my hands ... will they?

The World Health Organization celebrates every year the 'World hand washing day'. At first, it launched this campaign to raise awareness among health professionals who dealt with sick people on a daily basis. But it is an awareness campaign that can be extended to all people. And it is, because washing your hands is so important that in some countries it represents that fine line that separates life from death. Yes, here in the developed world, it is not that bad. A diarrhea does not end us. But that gesture, as simple and fast as washing your hands, would prevent the spread of many diseases, infections and viruses.

Imagine that you travel by subway with your children. There are no seats. Well, there is the option to hold on to the bar. At that same bar where a person with the flu grabbed hold of three minutes ago, inevitably sneezing. And there are the viruses: on the bar where your son is now clinging. If when you return home you wash your hands, you will be slowing the spread of the virus. Or at least, you will have less chance of developing it.

And as the flu, dozens of illnesses, from diarrhea to conjunctivitis. That without counting the fearsome earthworms. In fact, it is estimated that more than 80% of infections are transmitted by the hands.

- Before meals.

- After going to the toilet.

- After sneezing, coughing or blowing snot.

- After playing with the sand, or with toys that are shared with other children.

- Before taking food or handling it.

- After touching an animal.

- Before treating a wound.

- Before handling contact lenses.

It's just a minute. Soap and water (water alone will not kill germs). Rub, rinse and dry. As simple as that. Without forgetting the spaces between the fingers, nor the external face of the hand. If you teach them from a young age to take care of their hygiene, when they grow up they will do it automatically.

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