Hand hygiene is important to fight COVID-19 but how can you do that without water.
African leaders can make strategies to fight COVID-19 more accessible to the people.
The WHO recommends sanitisers with an alcohol content of at least 70%.
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Hand hygiene is a critical part of the response to COVID-19. Washing hands at regular intervals during the day is essential. If water and soap are unavailable, hand sanitisers are an alternative.
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Even in hospitals, where hand hygiene is vital, staff don't always remember to wash their hands. What hope is there for the rest of us? Thankfully, research on handwashing behaviours has some answers.
With shelves cleared of hand sanitiser, many people are starting to to make their own.
There are several things Australian schools can do, that involve encouraging better hygiene and social distancing. They could close too, but that's not always necessary.
Our findings also highlight that hot air hand dryers and cloth roller towels can be a problematic way of drying your hands.
Hand washing is a tried and true, scientifically proven preventive strategy that reduces the likelihood of transmitting both viral and bacterial borne diseases.
We used to think the rise in allergies was because we weren't exposed to as many early infections as previous generations. But that's not the case.
Hospital cleaning is an important way to prevent the spread of infections.
If hospitals are not thoroughly cleaned, patients may be at higher risk of infection. We tested a new approach to hospital cleaning, and found it could reduce infections and save money.
Let your tea towel dry out after each use to reduce its bacterial load.
Yes, bacteria can accumulate on tea towels. But most of the bacteria the researchers found are not responsible for food poisoning or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
The usual culprit is the bacterium
Staphylococcus aureus, better known as “golden staph”.
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Not all bathrooms are clean, which poses a problem for holiday travelers trying to keep their hands clean.
With holiday travel in full swing and people packed together in small spaces, it's important to try to stop the spread of germs. But can we really get our hands clean with a few seconds of cold water?
A woman carries water she has collected from the Turkwel River near Lodwar in Turkana County, north-west Kenya.
Progress in terms of water and sanitation has traditionally favoured those with money. But the hope with the SDG's is that this gap will be plugged in the future.
Alcohol-based hand rubs have their place but aren’t usually needed if you’re washing your hands with soap and water.
They're everywhere in hospitals, travellers' backpacks and the aisles of pharmacies in winter, but do we really need to use alcohol-based hand sanitisers?
Asking your child to wash their hands before they eat isn’t useful unless they know why it’s important.
Children don’t learn much about how illnesses spread if they are just taught a list of dos and don’ts. They need to know why an action is useful.
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