Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the WHO and the GOV. sites have been continually advising everyone that washing hands is the best line of defence against coronavirus. Hand drying is also vital in the prevention of spreading the COVID19 virus. Even better is Data Driven Hand Hygiene!
Drying your hands correctly is just as important as washing your hands. Wet or moist hands can breed and spread germs more easily.
Miryam Wahrman, a biology professor at William Paterson University and author of The Hand Book: Surviving in a Germ-Filled World wrote:
“You do not want to undo the good of hand washing in the process of drying hands. Hand drying is very important as wet surfaces transmit germs more than dry surfaces”
Coronavirus isn’t going anywhere soon, and it is essential that we prevent it from returning by providing the best environment for staff and customers be able to wash and dry their hands correctly going forward. If soap and water isn’t available then Sanitisers should be provided.
Corona virus is an invisible enemy that we are all fighting! We can only do this with the medical advice that we are all given, most of this advice centres around the importance of hand hygiene.
“Washing your hands is much better than using a face mask to protect against coronavirus”, Matt Hancock repeatedly tells us “Washing hands regularly is the single most important thing that an individual can do.”
Protect yourself and others with good hand hygiene
The Government had many campaigns with advice on how to stop the spread of coronavirus, including coughing into your elbow, washing hands for 20 seconds and more often. In March the NHS recommended washing hands for 20 seconds, or as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.
Then a new public information campaign was launched with HM Government and NHS-branded information appearing everywhere. In radio and print media, as well as social media to raise awareness on the importance of hand hygiene.
The ads have been reinforcing the message that people should be washing their hands more often and for 20 seconds.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said about the new campaign:
“We all have a role to play in spotting this disease and that’s what this expanded campaign is all about – making sure the public knows exactly what they should be doing to keep themselves and others safe”.
Excellent hand hygiene is the virus’s worst nightmare – don’t forget about it!
Professor Karol Sikora who is an Ex-director of the WHO Cancer Programme is concerned that we are not doing enough about reminding people that we should still be washing hands. He tweeted:
“We don’t hear so much about hand washing now, but it’s one of the most effective ways to stop the virus. It’s been somewhat overlooked – ministers need to be shouting it from the rooftops. Excellent hand hygiene is the virus’s worst nightmare – don’t forget about it!”
We certainly must not forget about hand hygiene.
We should be raising hand hygiene awareness with our staff and our customers in our effort to get back to a new normal. To reduce the risk while the corona outbreak is on-going. Then thinking about the future to protect the work force and to prevent a second wave.
Government confirms the safe use of hand dryers in washrooms
We at SAVORTEX® were very pleased to hear this announcement recently, that the UK Government, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated their guidelines approving the use of hand dryers to ensure that workplaces are a safe and hygienic as possible.
Businesses must ensure that they provide hand dryer facilities in the form of either paper towels or electrical dryers.
The new advice looks like this
- Ensure hands are correctly washed for at least 20 seconds
- Dry hands thoroughly (10 seconds of drying with a paper towel or jet air dryer, or up to 40 seconds using a warm air hand dryer),
- Do not touch any surfaces after drying hands, and if you do,
- Use a hand sanitiser when outside the washroom.
Drying our hands correctly is an essential part of hand hygiene
Drying our hands correctly is not only an essential part of hand hygiene it should never be overlooked.
Germs are transferred easier from wet hands than dry hands. A quick shake or wiping your hands on your clothes before you leave the washing means you may well have not bothered washing your hands at all. This must be a thing of the past if we are to really beat our fight against coronavirus. After all with our dryers, drying hands hygienically and cost effectively only takes in 11 seconds. Lives are worth that little extra time.
How we have dried hands over the years
Its actually interesting to see our progress over the years, starting not that far back in time.
It used to be that a quick shake was all we could do after we washed out hands in a public washroom, with no way of drying them.
Following this we were given paper towels to dry our hands, which turned out to not be cost effective or good for the environment, with the vast majority being sent to landfill.
After that came the rolling cloth, which were always running out, so not as hygienic or useful as we thought, perhaps?
The next breakthrough was those hot hair hand dryers which took long to dry your hands we just went back to the quick shake.
And now we have Data Driven Hand Hygiene.
Data Driven Hand Hygiene
Now in the world of technology, we are very lucky to have available to us high speed, ecofriendly, Iot, internet connected hand dryers, to dry our hands correctly, raise awareness on screens as hands are dried and to keep the washroom spotless.
Careful hand drying is a critical factor determining the level of touch-contact-associated bacterial transfer after hand washing and its recognition could make a significant contribution towards improving hand care practices in clinical and public health sectors.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9440435/ – National library of medicine.
How can data help with the fight against coronavirus
As the UK Government are encouraging the workforce for back to work, businesses realise that hygiene is key and they are following the government cleaning guidelines to provide safe and hygienic environments.
We at SAVORTEX are very keen to help businesses share this knowledge through messages and data. The adDryer™ dryer assesses audience data to display full-motion hygiene messages to users as they dry their hands, which encourages better hygiene in washrooms.
Built on Intel® technology the SAVORTEX® adDryer™uses the Internet of Things (IoT) and Data Driven Hand Hygiene to alert cleaners to washroom needs based on usage and can also engage users with tailored hygiene messages so that at no time is that washroom going to be unhygienic and the user can feel safe and protected.
There is still a long way for us all to go before we are living in the new ‘normal’; however we are doing everything we can to raise awareness for hand hygiene and to help businesses provide safe environments for their staff and customers. Now we know that Data Driven Hand Hygiene is the best line of defence against coronavirus
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