By: Diana Serrano
University of California, San Diego, ’17, BA Mount Saint Mary’s University, ’20, BSN
All we hear on the news is “wash your hands”, “wash your hands”, and “wash your hands”, but why is it so important? Hand washing is important to prevent the transmission of diseases, such as COVID-19. According to the CDC, germs can spread from both people or surfaces such as when you touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with contaminated hands, sneeze or cough in your hands then touch another object, touch an object that is contaminated, or when you eat food and drinks with unwashed hands.
This is why it is so important to cover our nose and mouth when we sneeze or cough. After sneezing or coughing it is important that we wash our hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or if there’s no soap, we can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. When you wash your hands it is important to rub the soap or hand sanitizer around all areas of your hands such as your wrists, back of the palms, in between your fingers, your palms, your fingernails, and don’t forget your thumbs! Whether we are sick or not, we can work together to help prevent the spread of disease by washing our hands.