The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how regular and thorough hand washing can save lives.
Global Handwashing Day on October 15 is about advocating for hand hygiene and implementing group efforts for all societies. In 2008, the first-ever observance was founded by the Global Handwashing Partnership, a union that combines knowledge, experience, concepts, and resources to encourage handwashing with soap.
The theme for 2020 is “Hand Hygiene for All” to highlight the need for access to hand hygiene services. This global initiative works to expand hand sanitation through civil leadership, improving the supply and demand for facilities and tools, and empowering communities.
At Central States Water Resources, we are proud to use innovative technology to help support our water and wastewater resources. These are a few ways to help you take action and celebrate with your loved ones:
- Bring Awareness to Your Community
Although we’re experiencing social distancing limitations, we can do our best to have meaningful discussions with our peers about the importance of handwashing. Search the hashtag #GlobalHandwashingDay to see many virtual conversations taking place. Or use this hashtag in your social media post, tweet, or thread to join with other online users. Not only can you connect with people and organizations in your city, but in other regions or countries, too.
2. Promote Effective Hand Washing Practices
Throughout the day we touch our face, mouth, eyes, and mouth — which can cause harmful bacteria to enter our body. Whether it’s at home, school, the playground or your office, effective hand hygiene methods keep germs from passing from one place to another. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends this process to ensure you’ve thoroughly washed your hands:
- Wet your hands under running water, turn off the sink, and apply soap.
- Rub your hands with soap to allow it to lather. Don’t forget the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands with clean water.
- Use a clean towel to dry your hands or air-dry them.
Once you’ve followed these steps in chronological order, use a clean towel to dry your hands or air dry.
3. Family-Friendly Fun
Parents, guardians, and caregivers contribute significantly to teaching children good hand hygiene habits. Starting at an early age will encourage kids to continue this positive behavior as they grow up. To make it fun, enjoy quality time with your family to help everyone learn together. Think about creating your own handwashing song or show how germs travel on different surfaces. You can even form your own trivia game with Global Handwashing Day facts to keep the celebration going.
More than ever, it’s important that we practice clean handwashing practices to protect yourself and others from getting sick. For additional information on hand hygiene tips, data, and other educational materials visit https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html.