If we ever needed a reminder of the importance of hand hygiene there is no doubt we have received one this year. Covid-19 is a chilling example of how a new and deadly virus can emerge at any time. We know that personal contact and touching contaminated surfaces – and then touching our own eyes, nose or mouth – are two of the main ways the virus can spread. Washing your hands helps to break this chain of infection and is something we can all do.
On Thursday 15 October we are supporting Global Handwashing Day. This global advocacy day is organised by the Global Handwashing Partnership. It is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of washing your hands with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
The theme of this year’s event is “Hand Hygiene for All.” This follows and aligns with recent global initiatives by the WHO and UNESCO calling on all of society to scale up hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap. It reminds us that we must work toward universal access and practice of handwashing with soap for now and for a healthy future.
HOW Hand hygiene impacts health and COVID-19
We have understood the link between hand hygiene and the spread of infections for generations. That is why we are all taught when we are children to wash our hands regularly, such as before eating and after going to the toilet. Medical and scientific advances mean we now know much more about how washing your hands can help prevent the spread of infections:
- regular handwashing with soap can reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 infection by 36%, based on one study
- handwashing can reduce acute respiratory infections by 20%
- handwashing can reduce the transmission of outbreak-related pathogens such as cholera, Ebola, shigellosis, SARS and hepatitis E
- hand hygiene is protective against healthcare-associated infections and reduces the spread of antimicrobial resistance
- handwashing can reduce diarrheal diseases by 30% – 48%
- hand hygiene may contribute to the reduction of Neglected Tropical Diseases
DIVERSEY SUPPORTING GLOBAL HAND HYGIENE DAY
At Diversey, we are actively promoting Global Handwashing Day through our social media channels and direct contact with customers. We have also helped raise awareness by producing special posters and other media to share. In addition, we offer a complete range of hand hygiene products.
The first Global Handwashing Day took place in 2008, when over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries. Since then, community and national leaders have used Global Handwashing Day to spread the word about handwashing, build sinks and tippy taps, and demonstrate the simplicity and value of clean hands. The event has continued to grow. It is is now endorsed by governments, schools, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, individuals, and more.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how hygiene must become everybody’s business because of its critical role in preventing the spread of infection. As part of our duty as a leading cleaning and hygiene company, we continue using all of the opportunities at our hands to provide our communities with tools and resources that outline the best procedures and products to use for effective personal hygiene.
Diversey: Campaigning for Infection Prevention During October 2020
Infection prevention has never been more important. During October, Diversey is proudly supporting three international campaigns that highlight the significance of cleaning and hygiene in the fight against all types of infection:
October 10: Clean Hospitals Day
October 15: Global Handwashing Day
October 18-24: International Infection Prevention Week