“Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations.”
Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you:
– Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. – Prepare or eat food and drinks with dirty hands. – Touch a contaminated surface or objects. – Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand hygiene is one of the most effective actions to reduce the spread of the virus, and nurses and other healthcare workers are in the front line of saving lives from COVID-19 and preventing transmission of the virus in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.