The word Hygiene comes from the Latin word hygieina which means healthy. Hygiene is all of the things we do to protect our health through cleanliness.
The current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported from Wuhan, China. It has become an emergency for the world and the World Health Organisation (WHO) is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to learn more about the virus, to track the spread of the virus, and to find the best ways to prevent the spread of this outbreak.
For generations, washing hands with soap and water has been considered a measure of personal hygiene. The idea of cleaning hands with an antiseptic agent emerged in the early 19th century. In 1822, a French pharmacist showed that a mixture of lime or soda could take away foul smells and could be used to kill germs.
Germs and bacteria that cause illnesses are invisible to the naked eye. They are spread from person-to-person by touching everyday surfaces.
Poor hygiene will lead to illness. Illness can lead to not being able to study or work as well as normally. This can lead to problems for everybody.
Its so important to have clean hands. There is a right way to wash your hands. Ideally, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Hand sanitizers can be used when there is no water available.
Since our hands are responsible for the spread of 80% of common infectious diseases, effective hand hygiene continues to be universally recognised as the smartest, most cost effective means of infection control.
Hands are the single most effective method of spreading germs, yet over half of all workers do not know the basics of hand washing.
Hand Hygiene Facts
The average hand washing time is less than 10 seconds
At least 40 percent of people at work do not wash their hands long enough to protect against the spread of germs.
Germs under fingernails and on the backs of hands are often not washed.
Germs: Tiny organisms which cause disease.
Antiseptic: Prevents disease caused by tiny organisms.
Lime: a substance that has calcium oxide used to clean away germs and bacteria