A quick guide to hand hygiene

On a daily basis we are all touching surfaces, surfaces that are in turn touched by sometimes hundreds or even thousands of others, transferring germs from person to person – on door handles, hand rails, phones, keyboards, and shopping baskets, to name just a few.

It is said that around 80% of contagious diseases are actually transferred by touch, and that the place most bacteria tends to be in is on the tips of our fingers and under our nails. This means we should be giving these parts of the hands extra attention when hand cleaning. Halo Anti-bacterial Hand Wipes are considered one of the most effective alternatives to washing with proper anti-bacterial soap and water. By having good hand hygiene we can take control of not only spreading germs and disease, but also make great efforts in avoiding catching germs ourselves.

Most people believe that the cold and flu virus is spread through coughs and sneezes, however these are most commonly picked up through touch, on surfaces. Most adults do not wash their hands after sneezing or blowing their nose and touching dirty tissues, which explains how cold and flu spreads around so quickly.

As a general guide to hand hygiene, the following steps should be followed;

– Clean hands (with soap and water, or anti-bacterial wipes) before any kind of food preparation and before eating.

– In cold and flu season, be even more aware of hand hygiene and use wipes not only on your hands, but also on shared surfaces such as keyboards at work.

– After using a public toilet it is always a good idea to use a hand wipe when you leave, even if you wash your hands.

– Use anti-bacterial wipes to clean your hands when around sick people, new babies, or those vulnerable to disease.