We are constantly exposed to a variety of illness causing germs. We even pick them up in an environment perceived to be sterilised.
The spread of diseases like diarrhoea, swine flu, tuberculosis, asthma and the even common cold is attributed to germs in the environment.
In families with children in school, the number of colds per child can be as high as 12 a year. Adults average about 2 to 4 colds a year. Women, especially those aged 20 to 30 years, have more colds than men, possibly because of their closer contact with children. One out of every 25 Indians who contracted H1N1 infections this year has died.
Their spreading has to be controlled so as to minimise their effect.Washing hands regularly is the most important hygiene step in fighting the spread of bacteria and other germs.It’s the best way to keep bacteria from entering your body and prevent viral and other infections.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention states that “hand washing saves lives,” calling good hand hygiene “like a do-it-yourself vaccine” against ailments. From a very young age, children throughout the world are taught to wash hands before and after meals, use of toilet and playing outdoors. Hand washing with soap prior to medical procedures or examinations is mandatory in all hospitals and restaurants. Traditionally, a soap bar was used to wash hands.Hand soaps came in different varieties. Some left behind delightful aromas while others were almost scent-free. Some were moisturising and soothing while others were aggressive in their slaughter of bacteria and viruses.
Today we know that the soap bar in itself is like an incubator of germs.It picks up the germs of the person who uses it and passes it on to the next person who uses it.This is counter effective in its purpose and effectiveness.Over the past few years, this has led to the massive popularity of liquid hand soaps over a bar of soap.Not only is it more hygienic(the soap does not come in contact with the germs outside the bottle)but is economical as well.We can wash our hands faster and more effectively. Liquid hand soaps are available in a variety of options- clear, pearl finish, fragrances, moisturising etc. In fact, such a large variety of options leaves no room for an excuse to not wash hands.With the right hand soap, washing your hands can be a pleasure.
Washing hands should be a habit that every person needs to develop.We should wash hands before and after:
- Eating or preparing food.
- Dressing a wound or giving medicine.
- Picking up a baby or infant.
- Changing a nappy.
- Handling food.
- Going to the toilet.
- Contact with body fluids (blood, saliva, vomit, etc.).
- Handling animals and pets.
- Emptying the bin.
- Being in the garden.
- Visiting a sick person.
Today, as we are getting stronger, fitter and smarter, so are the germs. They’re building a resistance to antibiotics. More and more life threatening infections are being transmitted from animals to humans through the food-chain including infections like Salmonella, Swine flu and Bird Flu which are relatively newer infections the world has seen.There is a need to minimise human contact with these germs which evolve through breeding and mutation.Since we cannot live in a vacuum, our safest bet is to prevent germs from entering our bodies.
All that is needed is an awareness, conscious effort and a world class product that is proven in its effectiveness. Ecogenics India, liquid hand soap does just that. After all, it lives by the company philosophy of Responsible Cleaning.