Fighting Coronavirus: Washing Hands with Purified Water
With over 90,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the globe (as of March 2, 2020), many fear the virus will reach pandemic levels before it ultimately subsides. To counter its spread, many are buying out facemasks (even though many health professionals argue they are futile
There is a much simpler, cheaper solution. According to the Center for Disease Control
, the best defense against transmitting the coronavirus is to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and purified water.
However, there's a right way and a wrong way to washing your hands. Here are five steps
that the CDC gives to make sure your hands are thoroughly clean.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.
Furthermore, it's important to wash your hands on occasions in which you come in contact with objects that many others have touched, or you are preparing food for others.
Here are some recommended cases in which you should wash your hands beforehand:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Medical professionals agree that this method is the best way to stay healthy in the face of a viral outbreak.
“Keeping your hands clean is still the best way for you and your family members to avoid infections, both in the community and when in the hospital,” explains Whitney Watson, BSN, RN, CIC, infection preventionist at Parkwest Medical Center. “When receiving healthcare services, expect your providers to perform hand hygiene before providing care and don’t be afraid to ask them to clean their hands before providing care or starting treatments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us, ‘It’s OK to ask for protection from infection.’”
GoSun desires to be part of this solution. In 2020, GoSun has plans
to work on products for water purification, along with tiny houses and even a disaster response vehicle.
Purified water is the best kind of water for handwashing, and it doesn't even have to be hot to be effective. (In handwashing experiments
with nearly two dozen volunteers, Rutgers University researchers did not find any significant difference in cleaning power between water that was 60, 79 or 100 degrees Fahrenheit. They also found that lathering hands for just 10 seconds was sufficient to remove germs.)
If we all work together, we can slow and eventually stop the spread of coronavirus.
Here's to a healthy 2020!