Covid-19: Why Personal Hygiene is Important

We can all prevent the spread of Covid-19 if we practice simple personal hygiene measures.
Hand Washing;
  • Wash your hands frequently. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands properly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • How?  1. Wet hands with water. 2. Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces. 3. Rub hands palm to palm. 4. Right palm over left hand, interlaced fingers. And vice versa. 5. Palm to palm, fingers interlaced. 6. Back of fingers to opposing palms, fingers interlocked. 7. Rotational rubbing of right and left thumbs. 8. Rotational rubbing with clasped fingers, in palm. 9. Rinse hands with water. 10. Dry thoroughly with a towel.  Minimum 20 seconds.
Video of how to wash your hands properly
Face Touching;
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Respiratory Hygiene;
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. 
  • Why? Droplets from your cough or sneeze spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • How? This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Video of how Covid-19 is spread and how to protect yourself
And lastly is for us all to Stay at Home
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Video of why it is important to stay at home and avoid sick people
Compiled by Abiodun Abidoye  Source : World Health Organisation

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