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Hand Washing Is Your Best Defense Against COVID-19!

You have no excuse to not wash your hands with soap and water, or even sanitize in between bathroom breaks. With these picks, protecting yourself from disease-bearing virus and bacteria can be done!

I find it hard to believe that despite warnings and reminders, a lot of people still don't make the simplest effort to wash their hands after bathroom use. These days when COVID-19 threatens the planet with full-on viral pandemic, the least we could do individually is to ensure that we are observing proper hygiene.

We owe it to ourselves, and to our community to stop the spread of germs, bacteria, and virus when we can, where we can. Even if we aren't virus carriers, making the effort to be sure we, along with the things we touch are sanitized. Anything less is careless way to live.  


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In an article published by CNN, they say the best defense against any sort of virus is still good 'ol hand washing! The simple act seems to be neglected by a lot of us, especially when we're rushing and could not be bothered by the tedious task of lathering soap on your hands, washing them, and drying them after. Hand sanitizers and pocket alcohol have been the solution for most of us on-the-go, but it appears that nothing beats the actual act of washing your hands with soap and water!

In the same news article, they say "During a viral pandemic, we are often our own worst enemies. Point in fact: We touch our face with our hands, including our nose, eyes, and mouth—areas with mucous membranes, an average of 15 to 23 times an hour. Much of the time, we don't even realize we are doing it. We also touch door handles, subway poles, handrails, saltshakers, other people's hands and grocery carts. We inhale tiny droplets that come from someone sneezing or coughing nearby."

According to a MarketWatch article, "Disinfectants, or liquids, wipes, gels and creams containing alcohol (and soap) have a similar effect but are not as good as regular soap. Apart from alcohol and soap, antibacterial agents in those products don’t affect the virus structure much. Consequently, many antibacterial products are basically just an expensive version of soap in how they act on viruses. Soap is the best, but alcohol wipes are good when soap is not practical or handy, for example in office reception areas."

The expert, Palli Thordarson, an expert in supramolecular chemistry, said in the article that "[soap] is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. Soap dissolves the fat membrane, and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and “dies,” or rather, it becomes inactive as viruses aren’t really alive. Viruses can be active outside the body for hours, even days."

He goes on to say that "the skin is rough and wrinkly, which is why you need a fair amount of rubbing and soaking to ensure the soap reaches every nook and cranny on the skin surface that could be hiding active viruses."

So whether there is a COVID-19 threat or just the seasonal flu we all experience at some point in the year, the best way to guard yourself is to practice intentional hygiene. Now isn't the time to be mindless, especially when out in public. Every visit to the restroom warrants a hand wash session, or after a couple of hours when you've been out, touching plenty of things at your office, in the grocery, at a store or a bank, etc. 

The proper way to wash hands

The easiest way to know if you're doing it right is to use soap and water, sing the Happy Birthday song twice while lathering (roughly 20 seconds long; don't forget tips of your fingers, your thumb, and even your wrist), rinse with water thoroughly, then dry with a napkin. If you're not fond of the dryness post-washing, pack a tube of hand cream in your bag, and you're good to go!

Ahead, our top picks of pocket soap (yes, you have no excuse to not bring soap if a public restroom doesn't have it), and hand sanitizers to complete your line of defense against virus!


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