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Global Hand Hygiene Day

Dr Andrew Wilson

Dr Andrew Wilson, clinical chair of NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Tuesday (5 May) was Global Hand Hygiene Day. With the current pandemic, hand hygiene is more important than ever and you can help stop the spread of coronavirus! The main purpose of this day is to spread awareness of the importance of hand sanitising to reducing the spread of diseases. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), hand washing is the most significant step toward preventing the spread of often life-threatening infections.

Although we are only allowed out once a day we can still pick up germs so it’s important to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (an easy way to remember this is to sing happy birthday twice) and not to touch your face.

You should wash your hands:

·       When you get home or into work

·       If you sneeze, cough or blow your nose,

·       If you eat or handle food.

Although people generally wash their hands with water, many do not wash their hands with soap at critical moments, including after going to the toilet and before handling or eating food. The challenge is to transform handwashing with soap from an abstract good idea into an automatic behaviour carried out in homes, schools, workplaces and communities.

If you’d like to get involved why not take part in the #safehands challenge and show the WHO how you and your family and friends are protecting your health. All the details can be found here: