We touch an innumerable number of surfaces per day, each with the potential to harbour illness-causing germs. This is why it’s important to wash or sanitise your hands as frequently as possible. You should also be washing your hands:
- After going out in public
- After touching a surface that is touched frequently by others (e.g. door handles, light switches, and trolleys)
- Before you touch your face
- Before and after you wear gloves.
Washing your hands with soap and water is still the best way to prevent the spread of germs. In instances where soap and water are not easily accessible, an alcohol-based sanitizer can be used, provided your hands are not visibly dirty or greasy. It's important to use the hand sanitizer properly, so refer to the instructions on the packaging to ensure optimum germ protection.
While you can't deny the presence of germs on almost every surface we touch, take comfort in the fact that a bar of soap and a bit of water are all you need to drastically reduce the chances of catching many illnesses. If you're practising proper hand hygiene, you have little to worry about.