With COVID-19 cases in nearly 50 countries, and the World Health Organization’s risk assessment now at the highest level, there’s never been a better time to brush up on one of the easiest ways to avoid the spread of infectious disease: proper, consistent hand hygiene.
Everyone from the WHO to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has repeatedly emphasized regular hand-washing (or hand sanitizer if water and soap aren’t available) as a way to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
“There are 10 basic things that you should know.
1⃣clean your 👐 regularly with an alcohol-based hand rub, or wash them with 🧼 & 💧.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 28, 2020
Dozens of studies show hand-washing can prevent life-threatening diseases, and even save lives. Reviews of the research, looking at the impact of hand-washing on respiratory diseases, have found the practice cut infections by around 15 to 20 percent.