Are You Washing Your Hands Enough? Here’re 6 Things You Must Know

The simple act of washing hands can go a long way in maintaining hygiene and providing protection against diseases.

2 min read
Are You Washing Your Hands Enough? Here’re 6 Things You Must Know

(15 October is observed every year as Global Handwashing Day to motivate and mobilize people to improve their handwashing habits. FIT is republishing this story from its archives in this light)

Good hand hygiene is needed to prevent sepsis, a potential life-threatening condition which affects over 30 million people globally every year, as per the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Handwashing with soap could prevent about 1 out of every 10 cases of diarrheal illnesses and almost 1 out of 6 cases of respiratory infection like pneumonia. Diarrheal illnesses along with pneumonia kill 1.4 million children under the age of 5 every year, according to a 2016 UNICEF report.

To further accentuate the importance of washing hands, here are six simple pointers to keep in mind.


Who Knew Humming ‘Happy Birthday’ Would Aid Hand-Washing?


Forget Towels, A Fistful of Air is Always Within Reach

Hand Sanitisers FTW? Hold Your Horses One Second

(Global Handwashing Day is observed on 15 October to draw attention to how a small act of hygiene can go a long way in saving lives.)

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

Speaking truth to power requires allies like you.
Become a Quint Insider

or more


3 months
12 months
12 months
Check Insider Benefits
Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!