Hands are the main pathways of germ transmission during health care. Hand hygiene is therefore the most important measure to avoid the transmission of harmful germs and prevent health care-associated infections such as COVID-19.
Soap helps to take care of the virus, much like it takes care of the oil in water. The soap molecule buries into the virus’s fat and protein shell to pull the virus apart making it soluble in water and disintegrating it. Then the harmless virus shards are flushed down the drain, but the trick is to ensure you take at least 20 seconds to wash your hands. Taking a full 20 seconds to wash your hands is crucial because:
• Your skin is wrinkly and so it takes time to penetrate the folds of your skin.
• Soap needs time to interact back and forth with the virus particle to break it down.
• Alcohol can destroy viruses too, but sanitiser, which contains alcohol, does not clean your hands of sticky grease which viruses can adhere to.
If you are fed up singing Happy Birthday why not try,
• Staying Alive
• Bohemian Rhapsody
As long as you wash for 20 seconds in warm water and soap to break down that COVID virus you can choose the song!