Good hand washing practices are essential to protection against diseases and live a healthy life. Although everyone has heard this message, studies indicate that many people still neglect washing their hands.Good hand washing practices are essential to protection against diseases and live a healthy life. Although everyone has heard this message, studies indicate that many people still neglect washing their hands.

If you have been avoiding regular handwashing thinking that it isn’t a big deal, you may have to think twice. Here are five important reasons why you should practice the handwashing habit:

  1. Handwashing reduces your risk of various diseases, including diarrhea and pneumonia which kill 1.7 million chilren each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), properly washing and drying your hands also reduces your risk of getting a respiratory illness by up to 20 percent.
  2. Germs are microscopic and can’t by seen by naked eyes. Germs, such as bacteria and viruses, can be found everywhere, including objects like cell phones and your toothbrush, and they can be transferred to your hands when you touch them. Good hand hygiene will help you avoid getting sick and spreading of germs to thers.
  3. We already know that handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of skin infections – measles, chicken pox, rashes, eczema, etc. Make sure that you wet your hands with clean water ausing a soap before eating or after touching any object.
  4. Hepatitis A, an infection of the liver caused by hepatitis A virus, is spread by putting something in your mouth that is contaminated with the virus. Good handwashing practices will help you prevent catching or spreading the virus.
  5. Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness, including food poisoning – resulting from consumption of contaminated food or water.

Each year, Octobr 15 is observed as Global Handwashing Day (GHD). The global campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention.