Wash hands – save lives!


Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.  Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

How do germs get onto our hands in the first place?

Faeces (poo) from people and animals can get onto the hands after people have used the toilet or changed a nappy, but also in less obvious ways such as after handling raw meat, which may contain tiny amounts of animal faeces.  Germs can get onto the hands if people touch anything that has germs on it, maybe because someone coughed or sneezed on it or it was touched by some other contaminated substance.  When these germs get onto hands and are not washed off, they can be passed from person to person and make people sick.

What happens when we don’t wash our hands?

  • Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects such as handrails, taps and door knobs, this can then be transferred to another person’s hands.
  • People frequently touch their eyes, nose and mouths without even realising it.  Germs can easily get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth, making us sick
  • Germs from unwashed hands can get into food and drinks while people prepare or consume them.  Under the right conditions germs can multiply in some types of food and drink and can make you proper poorly.

When should you wash your hands?

  • After using the toilet
  • After handling pet food or treats
  • After taking out the rubbish
  • After touching an animal and/or their waste
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after changing nappies or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound.

How do you wash your hands properly?

NHS England has the following advice:

You should wash your hands for the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice, approximately 20 seconds!

  1. Wet your hands with water
  2. Apply enough soap to cover your hands
  3. Rub your hands together
  4.  Use one hand to rub the back of the other hand and clean in between the fingers.  Repeat with the other hand
  5. Rub your hands together and clean between your fingers
  6. Rub the back of your fingers against your palms
  7. Rub your thumb using your other hand, repeat with the other thumb
  8. Rub the tips of your fingers on the palm of your other hand, do the same with the other hand
  9. Rinse your hands with water
  10. Dry your hands completely with a disposable towel
  11. Use the disposable towel to turn off the tap

If you would like to watch a video on how to wash your hands properly – follow this link to the NHS England website: nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/, above all wash your hands and stay healthy!

Should you require any further information or would like to speak to a member of our team, please contact us on: Luton 01582 579687 or Hitchin 01462 420077, alternatively e-mail us on: luton@healesclinics.com or hitchin@healesclinics.com


Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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