Keeping your hands clean has never been so important, we all know it plays a vital role in reducing the risk of picking up and spreading germs and infections including COVID-19.
But how much do you really know about effective hand washing? We have collated the most common beliefs about hand hygiene and separated fact from fiction.
Fact 1: Most germs are passed on by touch and you can reduce your risk by cleaning your hands
CORRECT: Approximately 80% of infections are passed on by touch; you can have germs on your hands after coughing and sneezing or going to the toilet.
Germs can also linger in the environment on places such as door handles, stair rails, light switches etc. It is very important that you wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or going to the toilet. Do not forget to wash them before you eat too!
Fact 2: Washing your hands is the best way to remove germs and reduce the chance of infection
CORRECT: The best thing we can do to minimise our risk and protect others is to wash our hands in the correct way and at the right time. This could be using either warm water and soap or a sanitiser such as an alcohol hand gel.