Wash and dry hands properly is crucial in fight against coronavirus

Wash and dry hands properly is crucial in fight against coronavirus

Since the beginning of January coronavirus emerged, governments worldwide in a battle of preparedness. In our region the number of infections increases. Scientifically based reactions to this are frequently overshadowed by disinformation. What information is correct and above what can we do? The simplest advice is best seen: wash your hands often and correctly. The effective dryinghands with paper towels or a hand dryer quality is dhich an often overlooked but should not be underestimated step.


How the coronavirus is spread?


Research by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) shows that the coronavirus (covid-19) spreads through "droplet spread '- in other words, only the virus passes from person to person through tiny droplets released during coughing and sneezing. According to recent studies, travels along on uitgehoeste droplets greater than 5 to 10 microns (thousandths of a millimeter), which fall down quickly, and so reach the surfaces that surround us.


The Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment has announced that starting from a distance of two meters: beyond that 'flies' the virus. There is also no evidence that the virus can remain a long time in the sky and so can spread. This means that the corona virus can not spread through air blowers or air conditioning systems. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that only those who inhale droplets or ingestion through the hands in the mouth can become infected.


How can we spread of the coronavirus prevented?


At present there is no vaccine available for the coronavirus. Prevention is better than cure in this. Medical professionals and governments rightly stress hygiene is the keyword in fighting covid-19, and it refers specifically to the importance of good hand hygiene. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water shows one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others. If this is not in the correct manner, then this operation misses its effect. Even the efficacy of disinfectant hand down if you do not properly wash your hands first,said Professor Marcel Zwietering (Professor of Food Microbiology at Wageningen University and Research).


What, however, insufficient mentioned in the reports is that your hands properly drying is just as important. However, the hand drying involves a lot of risks on recontamination. Wet or damp hands, after all breeding grounds for bacteria and spread up to a thousand times more bacteria on the surfaces they touch. The two most prominent international health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), writing therefore For dry hands with a paper towel or air hand dryer.


His electric jethanddrogers safely associated with coronavirus?


When the toilet is often touched several contaminated surfaces, both before and after washing the hands, opening the toilet door, opening closing the tap and touching the towel, paper towels or button of a hand dryer. These surfaces can be contaminated by contact with bacteria.


In particular, since the corona virus is spread operated entirely hands by touch and most jethanddrogers, you avoid unnecessary - and therefore risky - touches. Using paper towels walk rather give the coronavirus by touch by the risk. Also a regular towel or a rotating system are no good alternatives because you like that bacteriaor viruses other users can meekrijgen.


Some jethanddrogers are equipped with a HEPA filter and ensure that nearly all bacteria are filtered out of the air before they blow dry your hands. To 99.97% of the particles are thus removed from the air before it gets on your hands. For that reason, we use such jethanddrogers in modern hospitals. So are installed in the decontamination locks of specialty hospitals to be built in China for the treatment of patients corona hand dryers with HEPA filter, such as Shenyang in the Infectious Disease Hospital.


HACCP International, A leading organization in food, has a number of electric hand dryers as certified hygienic. The HACCP certificate guarantees that the device conforms to the highest requirements regarding the process of hand hygiene. Because, inter alia, in areas where food is produced contamination is a constant threat, such a hand dryers are highly suitable for that purpose.


There exist however, reports that claim hand dryers bacteria and viruses blowing around, but they are unfounded. The researchers behind this study - financed by the paper - not supported on methodology use in a realistic setting simulates in a reliable way. There is no scientific basis that the contention supports which jet hand dryers with HEPA filters are unsanitary or spread bacteria and viruses.


It is indisputable: hygiene in the battle against the coronavirus number one. Hand washing and - remember - then wiped dry with a paper towel or a good hand dryer is your recommendation when it comes to prevent further infection.

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